Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I don't call my boy an OTTB any more, because I think once they've been off the track for longer than 6 months, they're just TBs at that point.
I know some people don't agree with me and think there's some sort of cachet attached to the word OTTB, but I'd rather think ahead for my horse and not look back.
I got JJ for free. There are many OTTBs who go for nothing or next to nothing, because their trainers/owners just want to find them a good home. That was the case with JJ; he didn't want to race, was lousy at it, and his trainer claimed him in a stakes race just so she could give him away to someone who would give him another job and a good home.
TBs aren't really built for Western disciplines. Sure, you can throw a Western saddle on them, but the way they're put together conformationally doesn't make them suitable as Western show horses.
'Quite a handful and dangerous' is just a stereotype. I've never known a more laid back, quiet guy than my JJ. I've met some TBs who are more tightly wound than others, but all they needed was regular exercise and to be taken off sugar laden feeds.
The majority of TBs are quiet, calm, lovely horses with good temperaments and an eagerness to please and do their best.