Good reasons to exercise restraint. I do like the mare, and it seems that she is amenable. The OTTB, OTOH, sounds iffy at best, and he's getting a bit long in the tooth - "He's almost DEAD!" - comment from Hilda Gurney, 6-time Olympian, upon loving my DWB ex-jumper in a clinic and finding out he was coming 14. D'OH.
Frankly a 14 y.o. OTTB is "older" than an unraced TB or any part-bred, or any other breed, for that matter. A "high-strung" 14 y.o.OTTB who can't handle any excitement doesn't sound like an animal I'd want to invest my heart, time, and money in. JMO.
Just my 2 cents, but what have you got to lose by trying the mare, other than time? That way, you will know whether she's in the running. Though I do agree with you about the 5 y. Ownership - that is a big obstacle. But if the 2 of you click, you might feel that its worthwhile.
Last edited by Weezilla; 08-18-2012 at 06:47 PM.