They say “April showers bring May flowers,” and there was so much rain in April that we better have a full-on Garden of Versailles by now, the end of May. I do love watching flowers grow and finally blossom throughout the spring time and I similarly love watching horses grow and blossom throughout their training.
OTTBs are certainly some of the most rewarding horses to see come into their own after they come of the track and begin a new career. Could one of these three horses blossom into your next eventer?
Ryan Code as actually been training very well; however, she’s better suited to running longer distances and there just aren’t many races available suited towards her abilities. Her connections have therefore decided to let her move on and use her athletic abilities elsewhere. This cute mare loves attention, especially scratches, and seems to aim to please. With her strong shoulder, short coupling, and nice movement she looks like she could make a very handy mount!
Located at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville, Illinois.
No need to change this one’s name — Sunshineandwhiskey is sure to make you smile whenever you hear it over the loudspeaker at an event. This filly needs someone to build her confidence as she leaves the track and takes on a new career. Her trainer says right now she can be a little nervous as she comes out of the barn, but never misbehaves and tries to do right for her exercise rider. The CANTER volunteers who saw her agreed she’ll make a nice horse after getting some groceries.
Located at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California.
“Selena,” as she is known around the barn, comes from a farm that uses the basics of dressage and jumping to help bring up their babies. She didn’t start racing until she was four years old and since then has garnered 15 career starts, but simply has no interest in the track. Her connections joked that she’s sound enough to run all day, but just not fast enough!
Located at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.