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Absultootly was a Bargain Barn horse is the winter of 2007

Absultootly was a Bargain Barn horse is the winter of 2007. He was purchased by the Lawson family in LaGrange, GA.

 

 

Toot takes a break after chasing the dogs. April 2007

"Toot" takes a break after chasing the dogs. April 2007

 

 

 

 

Toot, Dollie and Riff - April 18, 2007

Toot, Dollie and Riff - April 18, 2007

 

 

 

 

Absultootly's was a Bargain Barn horse in the winter of 2007.

Absultootly's was a Bargain Barn horse in the winter of 2007. Click here to see more of his photos. He was purchased by the Lawson family.

 

 

 

 

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Absultootly aka "Toot"
Congratulations to Amanda Lawson

Absultootly wins! November 5, 2005
Absultootly won on the track and now he's won again as a part of the Lawson family!

June 12, 2007

Anna went to the site a few minutes ago and came running to tell us that she and Toot were famous now! We are sending out the(John Davies) memorial attachment to all our friends and family and of course a note for everyone to check out Toot and Anna on your site. We just love him so much and are eternally grateful to ya'll for putting us together. I hope to get back in the dressage ring by fall and see how he does. Nothing serious, of course, no time for that, but enough to keep us disciplined and correct. I promise to take pics when Anna rides him and to keep you updated. We did finally pull his shoes off, so he adjusting to barefeet right now. Seems to be okay with it. Nothing really rattles him though.

Please know that we love your website and are so grateful for what ya'll are doing for these horses. We religiously check the site daily for new horses and thoroughly enjoy keeping up with all the success stories. Even without meeting them we fell like we are apart of their lives

Thanks so much!!! AHL

Elizabeth's Note: We are grateful to family's like the Lawson's for taking a chance on a Bargain Barn horse. These horses still can have very useful lives if given a chance. Many of them just need a little rehab or a less strenuous job. We look forward to seeing more photos of Anna and Amanda with Absutootly in the show ring.

Absultootly and seven year old Anna. April 2007

May 20, 2007

Hi guys! Would either one of you have pictures of Toot from his racing days or know how to get some? Also, how can we find out the information about his races? My husband Jason has fallen in love with him and wants everything he can get his hands on about him.

Elizabeth's Note: Find the detailed race records on any registered Thoroughbred on the official Jockey Club Web site: www. equineline.com From the detailed race records you can see when your horse ran and contact that race track to get in touch with their photographer. Photos and videos are also available on line. Find more information about your Thoroughbred from our Links page.


Toot is so sweet, totally mischievous, but like a big teddy bear most of the time. He is absolutely the messiest eater we have ever had. His teeth are in great shape, he just throws food everywhere. (Any tips you can give on that would be appreciated) Also, we are having a hard time keeping a shoe on his right front hoof. Tomorrow will be our third shoe in 10 days. I was thinking about calling Dale to see if there was something special we should be doing, but thought I would wait and see if this next shoe works. John, my farrier, has been shoeing our horses for years and I trust him completely, but I know that there is always someone with more knowledge out there. So if you can help in this area, we would welcome anything you could tell us!

Hope all is well with both of you. We check the web site about everyday. My daughter loves looking at the visitors pages and reading the success stories. I am always looking for info on Becky's horses, just so I can see how things are going.

Oh, Elizabeth, if you have articles, pictures, anything about John Davies, could you send it to me? Either by mail or email is fine. We love explaining Toot's name to everyone and would like to have more info on John to show them or tell them about. Toot is making quite a stir in our family and circle of friends! Thanks so much for helping to arrange for this wonderful horse to join our family!!

AHL

Elizabeth's Notes: When John Davies passed away we were asked to help place several of his horses. Through his love of horses, John was able to give generously and innovatively to various area charities.The horses Wellness and Lynn’s Vision donated money to the Wellness Community and the horse Christian’s Hope benefits a young boy (now 9) who was stricken with cancer of the eye at age three.

After the passing of his son John III in 1990, the John & Shirley Davies Foundation was established. Dedicated to helping health,education and arts organizations in the community, it also assisted individuals who could not get help anywhere else. John was personally involved with many of the charities and individuals that he helped. His passions included the Wellness Community, where the memory of his son motivated him to help other cancer participants fight for recovery.

We feel honored to find good homes for John Davies horses after their racing careers were over. Click here to see the memorial for John Davies.

April 23, 2007

Absultootly and seven year old Anna. April 2007
Absultootly and seven year old Anna. April 2007

Hello!

I just wanted to update ya'll on Toot. He is doing great here! I have ridden him several times with no problems whatsoever and even got on him bareback this past weekend. He was just awesome. He responds wonderfully to my leg aids and his bending is coming along nicely.

Elizabeth, I wanted you to know that the printout on your web site about training OTTB's has helped a lot. Of course, Toot is the exception to the rule in that he is so laid back and easy, he just takes it all in stride.

Anna, my 7 yr old, and Aaron, my 3 yr old, have both ridden him. (I was leading them around of course) I am sending you pictures of him and Anna that are adorable and one of him just hanging out in the pasture. He doesn't really give me a chance at any action shots...lol. I could possibly overwhelm you with pics and info, so just let me know when you need a break! Thanks so much for telling me about Toot. He has brought so much enjoyment to our lives.

Thanks again for everything!!!!

AHL
Absultootly is enjoying his new life with his new family in LaGrange, GA
Absultootly is enjoying his new life with his new family in LaGrange, GA

April 18, 2007

Absultootly right off-the-trailer. April 18, 2007
Absultootly right off-the-trailer. April 18, 2007

Hey Elizabeth, sorry for taking so long to send you an update. Toot is doing great! I am attaching some pics of him with a couple of our other horses in the pasture and the one of me and him is right after we came off the trailer. It was raining so we didn't get many pics that we could use.

I lunged him several times and have ridden him once. He was a little hot, hopped around a bit and tried to lose me once with a rear, spin, and a buck, but after that we were fine. I plan to get on him again this afternoon and anticipate things to go smoothly.

He is an affectionate and playful boy and we are having lots of fun with him. He loves to be groomed and is great with the kids. He stands perfectly still for my 7 yr old, Anna, but always tries to pull something with me. I had forgotten what it was like to have a horse that acts like my 3 year old.....lol. My husband can't wait to ride him and has been calling him "his horse", which is hilarious because before Toot, Jason only minorly participated with the horses.

Both of our 24 yr old mares have reacted to Toot, going into heat a day after he got here and acting as if he was the resident stud! Of course he has played right along, rubbing all over them, nipping at them and herding them around the pasture.

The pony, Riffy, is taking longer to adjust to Toot. Jason swears that the minute Riff saw Toot he muttered a 4 letter curse word and started spreading rumors about him to the girls, but they are now getting along good.

We have 3 dogs and didn't realize that Toot had never been around or seen them before so that was quite an experience. He chased our deaf, blind in one eye, Dalmatian right out of the pasture, nipping her on the butt all the way. Both came out of it unharmed and Toot no longer even bats an eye at her or our black lab Jack Jack. Now our mini dachshund is a different story. His name is Harley and he is quite annoying to the horses. But he is not allowed in the pasture, so as long as Toot can't reach him over the fence (which all the horses have tried to do) he is safe.

I promise to send better pics and keep you updated on how he is doing. We love him!!!! He is so spoiled already and seems very content, so hopefully he loves us as much!

AHL

 

Absultootly - SOLD! Congratulations to Amanda Lawson.

This is a photo from Absultootly's Bargain Barn page. Click here to see more photos.

Absultootly

Absultootly's owner is the estate of the late John Davies of Cincinnati, Ohio. After the passing of his son John III in 1990, the John & Shirley Davies Foundation was established. Dedicated to helping health, education and arts organizations in the community, it also assisted individuals who could not get help anywhere else. SOLD to Amanda Lawson of LaGrange, GA.

Absultootly wins! November 5, 2005
Absultootly won on the track and now he's won again as a part of the Lawson family!


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