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A new track for an OTTB

October 14, 2009

Last week, my interest was peaked by a giveaway post on the COTH forums

about a young, sound gelding looking for a new career. I emailed the contact person and things progressed from there. Despite a snafu with a shipper who didn’t show up (Paty Transport out of Tennessee), Sound Barrier was picked up from the track on Sunday, Oct 11. He is spending a week at a COTH friend’s farm and we will pick him up on Sat and move him home.

I have always loved and admired thoroughbreds. While I’m not a huge racing fans, these guys are incredible athletes with unbelievable hearts. What happens to racehorses after their track is over is currently a subject of intense debate within the horse industry. With the economic climate restricting discrectionary spending of all kinds, the market for riding horses is glutted and rescues are stretched to their limits.

I am hopeful that Sound Barrier will make a fun, pleasant, and possibly talented sporthorse. At the very least, my goal is to give him a skill that gives him a value to riding community to protect him.

Sound Barrier being walked before his last race

Sound Barrier being walked before his last race

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