16 hand Thoroughbred, Hunter/Jumper
John was bred to race and perform. His sire took in over $3 million on the racetrack and even won the Breeder’s Cup Classic. John did well in his short race career and I have one of his pics in winners’ circle. After racing he was sold and became a trail horse, unfortunately he had horrible owners who starved, neglected and over-rode him. This horse has so much heart that even emaciated and with thrush, he would still ride and run. Finally colic came and he was abandoned, left to suffer and die. Good people stepped in when his owner walked away. The vet tried everything but the colic would not clear and the syringe was prepared to end his life. His benefactors took him for one last walk on the grass and decided to try the last resort of flipping him. Unbelievably it worked and he lived. They pooled their resources and began his year long rehab. They found me and I adopted him at first sight. He is so beautiful and a dream horse.
In my opinion an off track thoroughbred (OTTB) is a great investment. Bred to race and trained at a young age, if they are sound, you have a jump start on the horse that can take you anywhere. Too many of them end up in deplorable situations or go to slaughter.