Re-starting a Thoroughbred racehorse from scratch and retraining them for a second career isn’t for everyone (and that’s okay!) That’s just one of the reasons why the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover is so great. The Makeover Marketplace gives folk the opportunity to buy an OTTB without the worry of restarting them on their own. Plus, it’s a great place to try multiple horses all in some spot without having to travel all over!
The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover takes place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY and prospective buyers are welcome to attend, watch. trial, and vet horses that they are interested in purchasing. This week our OTTB Wishlist is spotlighting three horses who will be competing in eventing at the Makeover and who are for sale through the Marketplace. It’s never too early to do some window shopping, right?
Yummy! This handsome guy’s owner describes him as “basically the George Clooney of horses — good looking and a personality to boot! He has been a dream to bring along, answering every question we’ve asked with ease. He is fabulous hack alone or in a group, is well behaved at shows, and well behaved for all aspects of care. Good looks, good personality, and a good mover; what more could you ask for?!”
Konecke is entered in the Makeover for Eventing and Show Jumping. Come and get him.
“Artie” is the kind of horse that you can just have fun doing anything on. He’s a relatively easy keeper, has excellent ground manners, and is game for whatever it is that you want to do on any given day. He’s happy to hack out either alone or with a group and he does seem to particularly enjoy his cross country schools. He is in training with a professional in Virginia and she find him to be a solid enough citizen that she has used him in lessons.
Artie has been to schooling horse trials as well as hunter-jumper shows. He’s currently competing over fences at 2’6″-2’9″ and has been schooling 3-foot at home.
Alarming’s Makeover trainer is really loving having him in the barn. She calls him “the best hunt horse we’ve ever had in the barn — And that’s saying something.” He is also happy to hack out alone and has been a part of his trainer’s lesson program at well. Not only is he enjoyable to ride, but he’s a very handsome athlete who has a goofy and lovable personality. A word of caution, though: his trainer says he will try to lick you, but maybe that’s kind of endearing. Alarming has a fluid, scopey jump and gets lots of air time over fences. His next rider will need to be someone who can enjoy some hang time with him! Clare has been blogging about Alarming’s journey to the Makeover for EN — you can check it out here.