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    04-17-2013, 06:49 PM
  #11
Foal
I agree with what everyone has said about OTTBs, they are THE best horses and I've only owned OTTBs.

I started Second Chance to take freshly retired OTTBs and retrain them. So far we have trained and rehomed one, Eddie. I do have another gelding that we are training, but its becoming very hard to let him go. He's only 5 years old, already been through two auctions before I picked him up, he had a decent race career before he was just discarded. If you wanted, we could find you a horse and restart it. If you're interested in this, PM me, and we will get to work finding what you want.

To answer your questions, yes its normal for an OTTB to go "bonkers", same with any young horse. You do have to remember they are still immature. From my own experience, OTTBs are not hard to train. I've had nothing but horses with excellent work ethics.
     
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    04-22-2013, 12:40 PM
  #12
Weanling
Love my OTTB. Both of my parents ride OTTBs and my FIL has one that he uses for Search and Rescue. But, like others have said, be picky. Make sure it's had time to come down and be a real horse for a while. Don't worry so much about getting a little bit older horse (9-12yrs). TBs don't mature mentally until a little later than other breeds. I couldn't believe the difference in Comic between his 11th and 12th year. It was like riding a totally different horse.

All in all I think an OTTB is a great choice. They are very versatile and usually eager to please. Just make sure you have your vet do a health check and try to find a really good farrier to check them for soundness. OTTB (in my experience) can have a lot of hoof and tendon problems. A good farrier will spot them for you.
     
    04-24-2013, 05:35 AM
  #13
Weanling
Choco was very laid. Back when he came off track and was a very good beginners horse, miover on other hand is not so laid back it really does depend on where they came from,miover was baby,ed. And got away with naughty behavior by stable owner and was treated with dicapline by track rider.choco was from another stable and was disaplined fairly and succesful on track,miover refused and was a spoiled bratt. Also personality is a big thing to
     
    04-24-2013, 08:04 AM
  #14
Foal
So thoroughbreds mentally mature around 11? Complete opposite of the draft cross I had. She was three but had the mindset of an older horse haha.

The horse I'm looking at now was bred for the track but since he didn't have the drive in the preliminary testing he never had any starts. Since then the people that have him now have barely done anything with him. He's now 5. So he was given a chance to physically mature. It's like teaching a baby though since he doesn't know too much. I'm fine with it since I raised my draft cross from when she was 8 months old. Plus, I have my trainer helping me out. I actually have a lesson on him today.

So before buying, I'm definitely getting a vet check done but should I also have my farrier check him out first, too? Casino, the horse, has always been barefoot and the farrier excels at that. She's amazing at what she does.

Casino also paddles a little bit in the front. Do you guys think this would pose a major problem if I want him to be a jumper (and also do some flat classes)?
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    04-24-2013, 08:09 PM
  #15
Foal
To answer the question about TBs mentally mature at 11 is not always the case. My 5 year old OTTB is VERY laid back. He could become a beginner lesson horse. My previous OTTB is also 5 and he's not as mature but he's about a year from maturity. He still likes to play around and be silly but he's easy going. My friend's 7 year old OTTB has finally hit maturity. He's come into his own this year. He still thinks "dragons" live in the woods next to the ring when he doesn't want to work.

Each horse will mentally mature at their own pace. I wouldn't disregard a TB. A good, solid, stable TB is hard to beat. :)
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    04-25-2013, 12:00 PM
  #16
Foal
I'm definitely finding out that they're great horses. I had bad experiences on them in the past so I was never a huge fan of them until this past year. Now I've been on some pretty cool TB's. Casino is turning out to be a fast learner and very willing. He also has a nice personality which I like. I never thought I would potentially be a TB owner but it's exciting. It's just a big change because the QH i've had for the last 14 years has always been fairly laid back and lazy. My draft cross that I just gave to my Uncle was the same as my QH. So it'll take some adjusting to get used to a horse with pep :)
     
    05-22-2013, 03:34 PM
  #17
Foal
I love my OTTB's.... If you're looking for an eventer or hunter jumper, I recommend Second Chance Thoroughbreds.
Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Danielle is a fantastic, accomplished trainer.
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    05-22-2013, 03:55 PM
  #18
Foal
We love our TBs here. Considering as that is about all we deal with it's a good thing. And I can honestly say while I have had some "skittish" ones the majority are such that I can trust to let my child be around. And that goes for a few that are fresh off the track - either on lay-ups or retired.
My TB gelding heart-horse is 18 this year - and he is one of those "good old guys" who can sit in the pasture for a year, throw a saddle on him and nothing has changed. Our TB stallion was the same way - so gentle and calm.
Nuttiest horse we have ever had was a TWH/Standardbred mare who was just plain "nuts" as far a spookiness went.

So big fans of OTTBs here - same as with any horse, each are individuals, most have been well-handled since birth (I did say MOST as I have seen some crappy handling around the racing world as well). They usually have a work ethic that makes them a lot of fun to work around.

((oops! Just realized this was a month old thread)) - hope you have been finding the TB you were looking at a joy to work around!
     
    05-22-2013, 03:57 PM
  #19
Foal
Sorry, gave the wrong web address.

Second Chance Thoroughbreds | From the track to the show ring
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    05-22-2013, 05:05 PM
  #20
Foal
What are their prices like? When I click on the For Sale tab it only has one horse with two pictures but no description.

I'm definitely looking for an OTTB to be my next horse. I don't have a high budget though so I don't mind a little bit of a project. I just don't know where to look that is somewhat near me. I'm in central Virginia.
     

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