A quick note on public records, as I gaze out the window at my panting, amorous broodmares and my oblivious, grazing gelding.
One of my previous projects was a recently gelded, six year old teasing stallion. Talk about a project! Unfortunately for him, soon after I picked him up, I went to work at a breeding farm, and took him with me.
Can you imagine the hijinks that ensued? People were afraid to feed him. People were afraid to walk past his stall. It was a disaster. After a few months, I was able to move him to a leased pasture, far from the madding crowds of the breeding sheds, but the damage was done, and the barn owner actually convinced prospective buyers on several occasions that the horse was a psychopathic bi-polar killing machine. (He was a sweet boy, really!)
I definitely didn’t want to go through that again, and since my job is running a breeding farm, well – An important selling point for Final Call was that his sales photo showed him as fairly light in the shoulders, neck, and jowls – he looked like a gelding. A quick check of his Equibase records let me know that by January of his three year old year, he was already a gelding. Good. I didn’t want to bring home a big bouncing bundle of testosterone to turn into a roaring monster with all my hormonal mares. I set up an appointment to go and see him with a clear conscience that I wouldn’t be replaying the teasing stallion scenario with this particular project.
So he’s ignoring the mares, and they’re panting for him. The nice thing is, it should be significantly easier to get the mares bred this spring. . .
The point is, if you’re bringing home a newbie to join your herd, there are clues to let you know if he’ll fit into your herd, or just leave you building extra paddocks and replacing fence boards with your horse show money. The public records on OTTBs make it that much easier.