I am looking at an OTTB right now and deciding on whether or not to turn him out or box him if I take him on. I have the riding experience to train him up as well as the assistance to do so.
I want to take his back shoes off at least and get the farrier to change his front ones a little and I am hoping that he will learn to socialise living out.
Honestly, how well do they cope living out? My last one that I leased lives out 365 days a year and is barefoot and she is fine.
I know this one will go through a lot of let down and he already needs some weight but I think he is going to be just fine and he has a really sweet nature and is very calm. We happen to be one of the only yards that provides live out livery but the stable option is always there if need be. He is still racing at the moment but his owners have stopped paying his upkeep which is the only reason they are rehoming him. He is completely sound.
Our climate is warm all year around. Summers reach 30 degrees celcius + and winters never drop below zero. I would say 9 degrees celcius would be the lowest it goes!!! During the winters our horses are always blanketed though and although those who live out are not in proper stables they have open shelters to keep them out the elements.
I am trying to get as many opinions as possible because some people think he will be fine and other say he wont...however those who say he won't are all those looking for me to stable in their yards.