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        04-12-2009, 11:56 PM
    There could be. Check horse sites like
    OTTB Horses For Sale online (probably your best bet) - Horses for Sale - Dream Horse Classifieds
    Horsetopia - Horses for Sale and Horse Classifieds
    Equine Now Horses for Sale
    Horses for Sale - EquineHits Horse Classifieds

    If you are willing to travel out of state, contact CANTER, they may be able to help aid you in your search.
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        04-13-2009, 12:00 AM
    I have 2 OTTB's and I LOVE them ... I have found a great trainer who is on the track that does an amazing job with them and they are both amazing ... if you have the experience/trainer do it! They do need some cooling down time but that is a great time to bond with them!

    If you have more questions you can pm me :)
        04-13-2009, 12:04 AM
    OMG I can't believe I forgot Doc-- back 20+ years ago when I was a somewhat newlywed, I bought an OTTB gelding. He was 7 years old, and never was a spectacular race horse, but also did well enough that they kept running him. He retired from racing totally sound, and totally easy to do any groundwork with whatsoever. He ws a trip to ride the first few times however-- he was ultra-alert and petrified of shadows and different colors of footing-- it was like he had no depth perception and thought everything was a potential bigblack abyss that was going to swallow him.

    We spent as much time going backward as forward for the first few times... but boy what a good horse her turned into. I would ride him on the beach of Utah Lake and jump the driftwood logs with him-- he loved it. He also loved to run but was not hard to control at all. His previous owners had, to their credit, ridden him like a normal horse in the "off season"-- he had been elk hunting and had ponied younger race horses.

    His only challenge was that he was VERY left handed-- he was an "around the turn" runner-- meaning he was a longer distance horse-- and so he had galloped on a left lead for years. It was tough getting him to take the right lead. But with work and re-conditioning we made progress.

    Eventually I moved, and Doc moved on and became a polo pony for new owners-- he enjoyed that too.
        04-13-2009, 01:33 PM
    The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. The Thoroughbred is a distinct breed of horse, though people sometimes refer to a purebred horse of any breed as a "thoroughbred". The typical Thoroughbred ranges between 15.2 to 17.0 hands (hh) high (62 to 68 inches (157 to 173 cm)), averaging 16 hh (64 inches (163 cm)). Flat racing existed in England by at least 1174, when four mile races took place at Smithfield, in London. All modern Thoroughbreds trace back to three stallions imported into England from the Middle East in the late 17th and early 18th centuries: the Byerley Turk (1680), the Darley Arabian (1704), and the Goldophin Arabian (1729). The mares used as foundation breeding stock came from a variety of breeds, some of which, such as the Irish Hobby, had developed in northern Europe prior to the 13th century. By the end of the 18th century, the English Clasic races had been established. The first Thoroughbred horse in the American collonies was Bulle Rock, imported in 1730 by Samuel Gist of Hanover County, Virginia. Thoroughbreds began to be imported to France in 1817 and 1818 with the importation of a number of stallions from England, but initially the sport of horse racing did not prosper in France. Horses arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 along with the earliest colonists. Thoroughbreds have been exported to many other areas of the world since the breed was created. About 37,000 Thoroughbred foals are registered each year in North America, with the largest numbers being registered in the states of Kentucky, Florida and California. Prices on Thoroughbreds vary greatly, depending on age, pedigree, conformation, and other market factors. Although the Thoroughbred is primarily bred for racing, this breed is also used for show jumping and combined training because of its athleticism, and many retired and retrained race horses become fine family riding horses, dressage horses, and youth show horses. Thoroughbred horses are primarily bred for racing under at the gallop. In addition to racing, Thoroughbreds compete in eventing, show jumping, and dressage at the highest levels of international competition, including the Olympics. Thoroughbreds are often crossed with horses of other breeds to create new breeds or improve existing ones. Although Thoroughbreds are seen in the hunter-jumper world and in other disciplines, modern Thoroughbreds are primarily bred for speed, and racehorses have a very high rate of accidents as well as other health problems. One argument for the health issues involving Thoroughbreds suggests that inbreeding is the culprit. A high accident rate may also occur because Thoroughbreds, particularly in the United States, are first raced as 2-year-olds, well before they are completely mature. But also controversial, due in part to the significant challenges in treating broken bones and other major leg injuries.
        04-14-2009, 12:50 PM
    Wow, thank you all for the replies! I haven't been online lately, sorry :) I definitely want to consider having an OTTB for my next horse; the information you supplied here is awesome!
        04-14-2009, 05:02 PM
    Glad to help =]
        04-14-2009, 10:37 PM
    I just had to chime in on this. My first horse is an OTTB. I've had him two years now, and still not a day goes by that I feel like I know the best secret in the world. He is just the sweetest, smartest, athletic horse a gal could ever want. I can't believe what a bad rep they have. Yes, there are ones out there who've had their brains scrambled, but if you look around enough, you'll find a winner. Definitely get a vet check.
        04-17-2009, 12:24 PM
    I just bought an OTTB. Just remember when purchasi ng to do a FULL Pre purchase exam, including x rays because some owners are not all honest about the horses injury history. I got a completely sound OTTB, raced for 5 years, and he is the sweetest horse I've owned. He's wonderful at shows, great to trailer, and NOTHING spooks him. Its wonderful. We do lower level hunters with him, and he's such a joy to ride. The only thing is that he is TERRIFIED of camera flashes....not sure if he had just had enough of people taking pics of him at the racetrack, but he just doesn't like them.

    An OTTB would make a wonderful jumper, just keep in mind that some are hard keepers and will require lots of hay and grain, and some may need a weight management supplement. Oh, and if you get one that's not used to grass, make sure you make the transition into the pastures slowly, especially with the lush grass we're getting, so that it doesn't colic.

    Good luck!
        04-20-2009, 09:11 PM
    I had a crazy one! I truly thought mine had suffered brain damage. Not to mention, he did have a leg problem. He was also terrified of men and anything that looked like a whip. Poor guy.
        04-21-2009, 11:56 AM
    My mare was scared of lounge whips and crops - but I worked with her and she is fine with them now (i don't use a crop but I wanted her to know it was ok)

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