Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
I have 2 horses that have been on the track, ozzie is 18 this year and he's been eventing most him life but is now my dressage horse, he's lazy as but when it came to xc he was all fired up, people would give me weird looks that this lazy horse that has to have spurs and I almost snap my legs off trying to get him to move in dressage to a horse that has a harsh bit on for xc and is standing there sleeping to having stuff all breaks in xc then they get it LOL
Marco, off the track 2 years now, starting to educated him now but had a few hurdles to jump first (weight and weather). He's going to be my next event horse, he's forward but not highly strung but will get stubbon and decide "that's enough, I will stand now" he's a different shape then ozzie, he's got the large bones in his legs (fighting falcon bloodline)
But the draw back with OTTB's is they come with baggage. Ozzie gets very highly strung out riding in the bush, he pulls and then goes behind the bit, he STILL shows race behaviour and he hasn't been near a track since he was 4 years old.
One bad point about this horse your looking at is that they had jumped him far too high too young. This *could* effect him mentally but might not. I've seem soooo many OTTB's rushed through the grades and it always ends badly, the horse loses confidence and start refusing jumps and making really bad errors and smash through jumps.
If you decide to get this horse, you need to be dedicated to educate this horse for awhile before even thinking of jumping. Lots of lessons, lots of flatwork . He may have behaviour issues from racing, marco is a cronic pawer, ozzie weaves in the float. Ozzie always acts like he's racing when out on trails.
But the up side is that they do end up good and most are great all rounders :) don't worry about the hype of "bad feet" tat's with any breed. Ozzie has awesome feet but marco doesn't but they will be.
Good luck, see if you can do a trial
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Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie