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    05-22-2013, 11:20 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by sportschick068    
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.
I am in the Northern Virginia area. There a few tracks that work with CANTER Mid Atlantic from West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. I've had nothing but good experiences when inquiring about a horse.

Mid Atlantic Home Page

There is also Thoroughbred Placement Resources in Upper Marlboro, MD. I bought my first OTTB from Kimberly Clark. I highly recommend these guys. They work tirelessly to raise awareness and they put on a ton of programs and clinics.

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Hope this helps!
     
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    05-23-2013, 10:58 AM
  #22
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Originally Posted by Second Chance Sporthorses    
I am in the Northern Virginia area. There a few tracks that work with CANTER Mid Atlantic from West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. I've had nothing but good experiences when inquiring about a horse.

Mid Atlantic Home Page

There is also Thoroughbred Placement Resources in Upper Marlboro, MD. I bought my first OTTB from Kimberly Clark. I highly recommend these guys. They work tirelessly to raise awareness and they put on a ton of programs and clinics.

Home Page

Hope this helps!
Ditto All the Above! Just make sure that if / when you set an appointment with a trainer to SHOW UP ON TIME (or even a bit early with time to wait).
     
    05-28-2013, 02:49 PM
  #23
Foal
If you have an impeccable eye for horse meat, an OTTB is currently the way to go. They`re dirt cheap and coming out by the millions right now, try the Southern Ontario ones as our tracks are failing and lots of beautiful flesh is being put to waste. DO NOT SKIP THE VET CHECK. Unless you have someone who can breed a top level warmblood such as I have been blessed with (my aunt) use someone with a certified degree to help you... your vet. If you look on my page I have a textbook example of a great OTTB, my late horse Hercules. But you NEED to double triple check, even go as far to have a month after return policy due to any bouts of lameness as some people will do ANYTHING to cover up a broken horse. I have seen way to many girls have their hearts broken by bringing their dream TB home to have him put down a month later due to unseen lameness, and they all skipped the vet check.
     
    05-28-2013, 02:55 PM
  #24
Trained
Get a Vet check, and don't buy injured.
Spend the first week training your OTTB to stand tied, bc they DON'T teach them this at the track.
NO member of any breed is representative, so be picky. The racing industry has ALWAYS thought that they could rid themselves of any horses that didn't make money by dumping them on the sports horse world.
Honestly, you might look into the few TB breeders who breed for sport, and start with a 2-3yo.
     
    05-28-2013, 03:13 PM
  #25
Foal
Well, I'm looking now at a OTTB. He last raced in November. He was born and raised at a farm in West Virginia. After retiring from the track he was sold to someone but the breeders bought back the horse because they didn't feel that person could provide a good enough home for him. He just turned 7 in april. The breeders have been letting him mostly relax since his racing career ended. They worked with ground stuff and trail rode him around the barn. They recently have him to his current owner. The current owner and breeder have been working together for the last year to retrain and rehome their former racehorses. When a horse has an old injury she tells this girl and she finds an appropriate home that the horse can still accel in and enjoy (the last horse she had was sold to her friend as a trail horse). She said this horse has no injuries but of course I would still get a vet check and everything.
I saw him yesterday. He stood in the cross ties like an angel - didn't move AT ALL. He tacked up and untacked really well. He was just letting me rub his face while he nearly fell asleep. He didn't move at the mounting block either. He's a very calm thoroughbred. We had him go over a ground pole and it was his first time seeing one. He just looked at it in the beginning but would still step over (didn't get frustrated, didn't rear/back up/buck) and continue on. Within a few minutes he was trotting over it no problem. He seems very willing and a quick learner. The only downfall was that his hooves were sore. He had the racing plates removed only a few weeks ago and has the usual low heel and long toe look. Bad trim job. That can be fixed though. Other than that everything was great about him. Sweetest personality and very eager to please and try his best
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    05-28-2013, 11:38 PM
  #26
Weanling
Keep in mind that sore feet can be a lot of things. Also what looks like sore feet can be other leg problems. I only mention it because a lot of OTTBs have tendon injuries so just be aware of that. Also chipped or fractured coffin bones can be a problem sometimes. I'm not saying it's the rule, just something to keep in mind.

Sounds like a great guy other than the soreness. It's amazing how calm some TBs are since you always hear they are so hot blooded. I don't think there is anything better than an OTTB with a good mindset. I personally think 7 is a great age. You'll be amazed at how much his mind will mature still. If he works out you'll have a solid companion I think.
     
    05-29-2013, 12:17 AM
  #27
Foal
Every OTTB I've had, I've gotten right off the track- and it's worked out well for me so far! I looked at a TON of horses before I found the guy I have now- and while he's not perfect, he has a fantastic mind and is just the sweetest little lovebug. In my personal experience, I have gotten exactly what I was looking for every time temperament wise by observing the way the horse acts. I look for the ones that seem proud, alert but not nervous, and interested.

I'd have to say, the key (for me) is not falling in love with every OTTB I see. And while I have met a few wonderful racehorse owners, I have met a few REALLY nasty and untrustworthy ones. Just something to keep in mind!

ALSO, as others have said, DO NOT buy injured. I took in a free OTTB last year and while she was the sweetest and most wonderful tempered horse I've ever seen in my life and I don't regret making her last few months the best she had in her life, injured is always a money sink. I look for good conformation and a short career. Like I said, it's worked out well for me thusfar. :) Good luck!
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    06-01-2013, 11:26 PM
  #28
Foal
Ok! Update! So I went to visit that ottb gelding again. I spoke to his former owner/breeder and found out that he has an old bone chip in his knee. X-rays were taken and the vet said he should have 6 months rest. Once through with his time off the gelding would be good as gold for anything. The vet didn't even want to both removing the chip because it's stationary and would cause more problems rather than help. The breeder told me she kept the gelding in a stall for 3 months then turned him out for the remaining 3 months. She has no gain if this gelding is to be sold. She told me that he should be sound because the vet was very optimistic as far as prognosis. She was upfront and honest about everything.

After seeing the gelding again on Friday, I'm even more in love. He's very level headed. I was able to ride him out in the open grass - not in a ring - and he was an angel. When he would start getting quick I'd ask to slow down and he would do so immediately. VERY responsive and kind. I felt safe and totally comfortable on him. He felt and looked great. I watched the current owner ride him twice - once in the ring and once in the grass - and he never looked off. She did w/t/c, circles, direction changes, etc. I did the same after her (minus cantering because I was content with just w/t for the timebeing.

I'll keep in mind about the tendon/ligament issues but you can blatantly see how desperately he needs a trim. Although he never moved awkwardly or gave a hint of unsoundness, he moved better in the grass where it was softer. He was more forward.

I'll be having a couple vets look at his x-rays to give me their opinions. I'm just IN LOVE with EVERYTHING about this horse - temperament/personality, great conformation, kind and pretty face, willingness to please, etc.

I've heard with minor bone chips horses have still gone off to jump in the hunters circuits no problem. I've also heard of some bone chips, if small enough, adhering and mending themselves naturally. I just know that most OTTBs have an injury, whether we know it or not. I'm paranoid, not going to lie, but I will be truly upset if it's a no-go considering how perfect this horse is and how nicely we worked together/how responsive he was to me.
     
    06-02-2013, 01:16 AM
  #29
Weanling
Id get him checked for ulcers to
     
    06-05-2013, 01:09 PM
  #30
Foal
Well, it turns out I won't be getting the gelding and I will receive my deposit back. I just didn't want to take the risk.

I do have a question. What do you do when you check out an OTTB when he's just been a field ornament for the last 6+ months since he retired from the track? There's one gelding I inquired about that has been out living with cattle since November after his last race. He hasn't been ridden since then. When visiting (if I do), do I just ask him to be lunged since I don't know how he would be under saddle? What's everything I would do/ask?

This is what she's told me about him in a nutshell:
- current owner is also his breeder. She retired him from the track because he just didn't want to run anymore.
- He doesn't like his mane pulled. He won't stand still for it but she said if you twitch him he will let you do it; otherwise, he will "do anything for a carrot/grain"
- "Can be grumpy and pin ears but will do anything for carrot/grain"
- He's a "one person" type of horse
- He loads, trailers, ties to the wall fine, is good for the vet and farrier
- Good with grooming, blanketing, and bathing
- He started racing at age 3; he is now 7, I believe (either 6 or 7. Can't remember)
- "Clean legs, great feet, has always been sound"
- She just feels bad having him just sit in a field doing nothing
     

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