Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: You Never Know

You just never know where your next eventer might come from, and you just never which horse is going to take to eventing like they were born for it.

Take Left for Dead (Offlee Wild—Princess Megan, El Corredor), a 2013 Pennsylvania-bred gelding, for example. The Chronicle of the Horse published his story earlier this week so make sure you check it out, but the Cliffs Notes version is that the gelding was, unfortunately, aptly named as he was pulled from a large neglect case prior to making his racing debut and later finding his way into eventing.

Where will your next event horse come from? It could very well be one of these three OTTBs:

Spanish Bay. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Spanish Bay (TAPIT – DUBAI ESCAPADE, BY AWESOME AGAIN): 2015 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“Spanish Bay aka ‘Chico’, a 16.1h, 2015 gelding by Tapit out of Dubai Escapade by Awesome Again, arrived from Godolphin LLC and has been been well-cared for in top-class barns his whole life. As a curious, extroverted, and versatile horse, we see many exciting career options ahead for him. Put a western saddle on him, and he jogs along like a pleasure horse, ready to round up cows. Dress him up with a dressage saddle and 4 white polos, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous dressage prospect with plenty of suspension. Give him some braids and a jump saddle, and he becomes an equitation hunter. Add to his chameleon-like adaptability a sharp mind and a competitive edge, and Chico may just be the horse that can do it all!”

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Spanish Bay on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Woundwithhereyes. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Woundwithhereyes (INCLUDE – THAT’S A TRICK, BY MAZEL TRICK): 2014 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred mare

“Woundwithhereyes, or ‘Betty’ as we call her because of her big brown soft eyes, is a Kentucky-bred mare who’s ready to start her next career. There’s no mistaking Betty in the barn. Her tall stature and great hair are second to none. Betty is well built, has a great shoulder and succeeded on the track over the course of 33 starts and almost $150,000 in earnings.”

“This lovely lady has great presence under saddle. If you’re looking for a horse with an engine, this athletic young sport horse is the girl for you! She is eager to please and is working on relaxation and stretching. We could see Betty excelling as both an eventing prospect or a jumper. The sky is the limit for Betty. As Betty has more go than whoa, we see her pairing best with an advanced rider.”

Located in Ganesvoort, NY.

View Woundwithhereyes on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Castle and Key. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Castle and Key (UNCLE MO – DEJA BLU, BY SEEKING THE GOLD): 2017 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“As if Castle and Key isn’t handsome enough, he is bursting full of personality. He spends his time in his stall napping or sticking his head out of his stall just begging for someone to come and love on him. He has a personality that will keep you laughing and always wondering what he can come up with next!”

“Castle and Key has three beautiful, lofty gates. He has more whoa than go and is very willing to please! He has been ridden in both our indoor and outdoor rings and by himself and with company. We think this guy has the total package and we are so excited to see him excel! Castle would be well-suited for any number of different disciplines including, but not limited to, show hunters, equitation or dressage with an advanced intermediate rider.”

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Castle and Key on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.