Originally Posted by equiniphile
Don't let the fact that a horse is an OTTB fool you. I have two, and the one is a very fluent-moving dressage horse, while the other is an eventer in training. Most racehorses race less than 10 times during their careers before they're sold to the pleasure industry, so they've endured limited racing. My eventer-in-training raced over 50 times (his records show about half that, but his off-track trainer says many were not recorded for one reason or another) and is very sturdy and sound other than for having bad feet due to breeding, not racing.
just out of curiosity where did that statistic come from (less than 10 races in a career) bc in my experience I see most in my personal handling with between 20 - 100+ as well as most going between 5 - 10 before they break their maiden. Just please note that is my personal experience not a published statistic. So was just curious where your info was from :)
As for racing either way like your eventer with 50+ races, same with the horses I have handled the ones with good lines with regards to longevity and soundness and good confo tend to be the ones that stay sound(er) after their racing days are over.