OTTB or Free Horses in Ontario

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  1. cinchmagazine

    cinchmagazine Full Member

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    Does anyone here know of any connections to get a TB directly off the track or of any horses that are free in the Niagara-area? I am willing to take on an unbroke, green horses or horses with minor training 'problems'. Of course a well-started horse is okay as well! :D

    I am currently able to take on one more horse , and would like to 'do my part' in the lack of homes for many of these horses. Hope some of you can help me out!
     






  2. jengersnap

    jengersnap Senior Member

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    Most of the free ones I hear about have at the very least soreness problems. I have a home in mind already for the only free one I've heard about recently. I would want to know a lot more about you before I recommend anyone I know give their horse to you (sorry!) I'm VERY picky about where my own racers end up, and I'm heavily involved with a racehorse adoption program already so I do check backgrounds and intent. I know a few on the backside of me over at the track that the trainer is considering selling. He said he would be asking $500 but he might take less as he's a bit disgusted with how poorly they are doing. Most are going to want meat prices but free ones often go to a friend of a friend.
     
  3. cinchmagazine

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    Sure I will try PMing you tonight to get further in touch. Thanks for your help. I don;t mind paying meat prices, so $500 or around there for the right horse is fine as well.
     
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    If you go on the EMG board they usually have alot of horses on there for free. I live in ontario to and have checked it out once or twice.
     
  5. cinchmagazine

    cinchmagazine Full Member

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    Thanks, I'll go check it out- I keep meaning to sign up there anyway : )
     
  6. panzita0

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    Try the St Jacobs livestock exchange on Tuesdays. Horses start at around 11 I think.. Some broke some not some harness broke..actually most harness broke lots of mennenites that way.

    Know what you looking for, watch them when they bring them in get there early and mess around with them make sure it's a decent horse.

    Things aren't great but quality isn't something you find for 500 or less...typically.

    I lucked out with my purchase there it was a 2 year old haflinger mare who is now 4 and was the easiest horse I've ever trained..and she hadn't had any training she could barely lead.

    If your ok with standardbreds then get one they are great and so personable... I have two and both are in my riding program and I show myself on both of them as well. I want to get another but have to sell my old thoroughbred first and doubt she'll sell so we'll just wait lol!
     
  7. equestsarah81

    equestsarah81 Senior Member+

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    Did you check out CANTER in Michigan? I am not sure if the adopt out of the country but you could check on that....

    Here's there site: http://www.canterusa.org/michigan/about.htm (look at the "Trainer" and/ or "CANTER Horses")
     
  8. cinchmagazine

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    I think I got my Haflinger mare (2 at the time) from a similar auction as well! I have been lucky and picked up many 'useless' horses from the autions and retrained and resold them to help another. My Haflinger mare went from a 500$ buy, to having people routinely offer over $20K for her as a 6 year old!

    Anyway, thanks for the great tips, and I will look into that Canter rescue as well.
     
  9. panzita0

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    Yeah I paid a grand total of 325 for a tiny haflinger who couldn't do anything lol! She learned not to kick her legs out when I picked up her feet within the first week and it's been smooth sailing since. She takes a 7 year old beginner rider around the round pen once a week and is ridden by myself often, I want to show so bad with her she could do english or western and clean up in both rings! I need a truck!!!
     
  10. cinchmagazine

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    Thanks again for your suggestion! I finally signed up and have found the horse I was looking for! :D
     






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