Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Horses with a Head Start

Interested in an off-the-track Thoroughbred without actually taking them off the track yourself? This week’s OTTB Wishlist is for you! Our three featured horses this week all have a jump on their training for their second career. They’ve gotten an excellent start to their retraining thanks to the aftercare programs or current homes that they are with and are ready to show you what they’ve got! Bring one of them home and leave the start box with them sooner rather than later:

Diamond Junior. Photo via MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Diamond Junior (OVERANALYZE – MS GOOD CAT, BY TALE OF THE CAT): 2015 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

The folks at MAHR honestly can’t figure out how this great gelding is still available! Diamond Junior, known around the barn as “Jack,” came to MAHR straight from his racing connections last year and is a 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover graduate, where he competed in the show hunters division. Jack has a great brain and is just as rideable out in a field as he is in an arena. He handled the atmosphere of the Makeover wonderfully, but is a little bit too keen to the fences make for a hunter — he’d definitely prefer to be an eventer or show jumper! Just from one picture you can see the he’s allergic to wood and hates to touch a rail. Be sure to check out the most recent video of him in a jump school.

Located in Warwick, Maryland.

View Diamond Jack on MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.

Heading to Boca. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Heading to Boca (MAJESTIC WARRIOR – CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC, BY GOOD AND TOUGH): 2011 16.3-hand Indiana-bred gelding

This handsome tall hunk of a gelding needs someone to give him a job! Boca is an athletically gifted guy who enjoys working, but he can be hard on himself if she doesn’t answer the question right the first time. He’ll therefore flourish best with a rider who can be a confident, tactful and encouraging. On the ground, he’ll try to get away with some naughty behavior if you let him, but if you present yourself as the leader and gain his trust then he’ll be a perfect gentleman. The Friends of Ferdinand staff say this horse is real trier and will excel in whatever he’s asked if you can show him patience and dedication. Check out his most recent jumping video!

Located near McCordsville/ Fortville, Indiana.

View Heading to Boca on Friends of Ferdinand.

Olympic Thunder. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Olympic Thunder (DURBAN THUNDER (BRZ) – CUTE LITTLE BEAR (BRZ), BY ROY): 2008 16.1-hand Brazilian-bred gelding

Olympic Thunder was originally adopted from New Vocations in 2015, but unfortunately is seeking re-homing due to allergies he is experiencing in the coastal South Carolina region. “Thunder” developed an allergy to biting gnats (“no-see ums”) about three years ago, which is now affecting him year round and his veterinarian recommended that he live in an area where these insects are not as prevalent. His adopter is very regrettably searching for a new home for her beloved horse, but knows it’s the right thing to do for him. In their time together, they have done hunter/jumpers, evented, and even ridden trails through the mountains in Dupont Forest. Thunder has no vices, is sound and has no other health issue aside from the insect allergies. He still has loads of potential as an athletic partner, but also the temperament to enjoy a slower lifestyle. He is currently being used in an equine-assisted psychotherapy program working with at-risk youth.

Located in South Carolina.

View Olympic Thunder on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.