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        04-22-2009, 12:18 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    My gelding is way touchy, (which i've found to be a good thing) just a light squeeze and he moves. My neighbors horse likes to stand still and not move sometimes, I am soo thankful for his track training.
    Yet he is a little sketchy on trail rides, he's not used to that whole scene but he's getting there with some rides with my neighbors mare.
    Another thing with an OTTB, you need patience and lots of it, they aren't sure what you want from them yet but they are totally worth it.
         
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        04-22-2009, 02:03 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I felt the same way, I herd so many bad things about OTTB's that I told myself that I would never own one. They say they are crazy, hard to train, have past injurys, and don't make good show horses.
    These are not true though. I bought my first OTTB about 2 years ago and they are now my favorite breed! I will always have an OTTB in my barn just because they are such great horses. Yes, they are a bit more 'hot' than your Quarter horses but it is not an uncontollable 'hot'. I love the energy and power theses horses have! And their willingness to work is amazing! I can leave and go out on a 3 hour trail ride and when I get back to the barn my OTTB wants to go to the ring and do more work. OTTBs are also very much people pleasers. They will try their best to make you happy. As long as you are happy they are happy. They also have great personalitys. Overall, they are just great horses to be around.
         
        04-22-2009, 09:28 PM
      #23
    Started
    My new four year old OTTB is pratically bombproof, sooooo laid back, rather slow, and already jumping full courses (and winning).

    Before she hurt her back, my trainer took in promising OTTB, trained and sold them. Although a few were a bit whacky, most are just AMAZING! My parents lease an OTTB from my trainer. He's really sweet, and jumps courses with my mom, who's a bit nervous and not a begginner, but not a great rider.

    I think they get a bad rap, or they go to people who don't know how to train them. My opinion is that with a knowledgeable and patient owner 80%+ OTTB are great horses with power, ability, and heart for many different disciplines
         
        04-22-2009, 09:33 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    The women who trains horses at my barn is an amazing trainer, but the last OTTB we had ended up being PERFECT! =] He was a little barn sour but that was just.. him. He stopped if you fell on his neck over a jump, never went if you were off balance, was slow and smooth and knew lots of stuff.. he was AMAZING!
         
        04-26-2009, 07:07 PM
      #25
    Foal
    It really just depends on he individual horse--they comes in all types. My OTTB is highly intelligent, responsive and atheletic, but also laid back, slow-cantering and not spooky. But you really have to be in charge and calling the shots, otherwise he is way smart enough to take over! I feel so incredibly lucky to have found him.
         
        04-27-2009, 10:18 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lunaries    
    You just have to go through somebody reputable, as far as I know. If they don't BUY(/get) the ones who aren't sane and reasonable, you're not going to get the insane or unreasonable horses. But definitely go through someone. CANTER's good, as far as I know. But I know of one in Georgia, called Bits 'n Bytes Farm. They have an amazing reputation and as far as I know they actually keep tabs on horses that are at the track that they want to buy when it's time for them to not run any more. They seem really good.
    I didn't get to read the rest of this post, but I just wanted to say that Bits & Bytes Farm is an amazing farm. I recently bought the horse named Punch off of their prospect page and he is one of the sweetest horses I've ever been around. They work very hard to pair the right horse with the right rider and care very much about their horses. Their website is Horses For Sale - Thoroughbred Horses For Sale - OTTBs - Bits & Bytes Farm if anyone wants to go look. They do ship all over the country, for about $50 a mile from what I understand. You might want to check them out, they get ahold of some great horses.
         
        04-28-2009, 12:08 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StarFeesh    
    I didn't get to read the rest of this post, but I just wanted to say that Bits & Bytes Farm is an amazing farm. I recently bought the horse named Punch off of their prospect page and he is one of the sweetest horses I've ever been around. They work very hard to pair the right horse with the right rider and care very much about their horses. Their website is Horses For Sale - Thoroughbred Horses For Sale - OTTBs - Bits & Bytes Farm if anyone wants to go look. They do ship all over the country, for about $50 a mile from what I understand. You might want to check them out, they get ahold of some great horses.
    I have checked out their website many times and always find more than one TB that I want to take home immediately! I've heard great things about this organization but on the other hand, I also heard that their adoption fees are really high! I don't know whether you want to comment on that or not but if you don't mind and you would feel better sending me a PM, then I would be interested in getting an idea what the general adoption fee usually runs for a sound TB at Bits & Bytes!

    Anyway, congrats on your new TB, Punch and........are you going to post any pics? I just love to look at TB photos!!
         
        04-28-2009, 12:15 AM
      #28
    Foal
    ....whooooops, I should have taken another, in depth look, at the Bits and Bytes site before I asked about pricing because right there on their site and in the FAQ's, I found all the information I needed!!!!
         
        04-28-2009, 09:54 AM
      #29
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Thoroughbred Hunter Lady    
    I have checked out their website many times and always find more than one TB that I want to take home immediately! I've heard great things about this organization but on the other hand, I also heard that their adoption fees are really high! I don't know whether you want to comment on that or not but if you don't mind and you would feel better sending me a PM, then I would be interested in getting an idea what the general adoption fee usually runs for a sound TB at Bits & Bytes!

    Anyway, congrats on your new TB, Punch and........are you going to post any pics? I just love to look at TB photos!!
    I'll PM you with some more information. I can give you exact prices for a couple of the horses on the site if you want. [: I'm glad you found what you needed on the FAQ page though. They are generally very thorough with their information.

    Thanks! We renamed him Chaz and he's been a sweetie so far. I'll post some pictures of him on the picture board in a bit. [:[:
         

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