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Postby horse_girl » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:08 pm

Is there anyone out there who loves horse racing as much as I do? It's not just the racing either - ex-racehorses are fabulous creatures and have nerves of steel. After all, many of them have seen the hustle and bustle of a raceday and everything that goes with it as two year olds, so come the age of 6, they're old pros! I'd love an ex-racehorse... I'm thinking of going to the sales to buy one, does anyone have any advice? I don't want to be ripped off and at the same time, I don't want to come away with a broken down bargain. HELP!

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Re: Racing!

Postby hessy » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:02 pm

I know a woman who bought an ex racehorse who is 13/14 years old and he is fabulous. He has had some proper training though because he can ride on the bit and has some jumping sense. He is quieter than some of the other horses she has actually and has fabulous brakes and accelerator - hes great.
What about getting together with a racehorse trainer or groom and going with them?

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Re: Racing!

Postby lemmethink » Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:47 am

I have bought an ex-race horse, though not from auction, but from someone whose family was conveniently made up of race horse trainers and show hunters. She was a tricky horse to keep sound, but really beautiful and eye catching, good confirmation and not terrible feet - when she was sound, she was great, but it was on and off with periods where she was off. I loved it that you can get all her records and history, and I thought I knew quite a lot about her. She was well-bred and sold for a lot of money as a two year old, then didn't race much, which at the time, I thought was a good thing because she didn't have a lot of miles, but looking back, it was probably because she was difficult to keep sound!

I'm not sure I would buy a race horse from an auction now, but might instead find a trainer you trust or an equine charity that specialises in ex-racehorses.

I'm sure buying at auction is something you get better at the more you do it, and if your budget and dreams are destined to be caught up in one horse and one horse only, then perhaps a less-risky approach would save a bit of heartache?

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Re: Racing!

Postby littlehorse » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:14 am

I enjoy racing too. I have an ex race horses who was a jumper and he is a great XC horse.

They can have a few issues and mine was particularly mixed up in the head, but patience and training should pay off. There is notihng like going up the gallops on an ex racer.

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Re: Racing!

Postby mja » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:05 am

I can see the adrenaline rush from racing and watching racing. I also respect the work that goes into it and it as a sport but I am not a fan cos of how young horses are trained and raced therefore incurring many issues and injuries writing them off. I do however adore exracers and champion their worth as riding horses.

I have 2 exracers. 1 point to pointed a little and I have had her 2 years. The other only finished racing last year and we have had him 6 months. Both came from people we knew so less of a risk. I have had ups and downs with joint issues amongst other things but find them so rewarding and have no regrets.

I am loving the Racehorse to Riding Horse classes to give exracers a chance and a place in showing. It is good to see their blemishes not count against them cos they have worked hard and deserve credit for this. Raising awareness and showing what exracers can go on do will hopefully reduce the wastage of good horses.

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Re: Racing!

Postby dominochase » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:41 am

I would advise caution. Buying any horse from an auction involves quite a lot of knowing what you are looking for. Take someone with you who knows the auction game and who can give you an objective opinion on whether the horse is right for you. I am of course assuming that you don't already have this experience yourself! If you do then ignore me!

I think approaching a racehorse rehab centre is a better idea. They will have already have retrained and assessed the horses in their care – they'll know if they have the right one for you!

Good luck. Keep us updated if you decide to take the plunge!
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Re: Racing!

Postby pukkapony » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:35 am

check out this place, I think it is so rewarding to take on a rescue horse and give it a proper future.

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