Originally Posted by annaleah
I've always shyed away from OTTB, cause I know they can be quite a handful and can be dangerous. Can anyone calm my nerves on this issue???? Thank you all!!
Well, there are "dangerous" and "handful" horses in every breed, and a few bad apples give the whole lot a bad name. But no, they aren't. There is certainly a more broad range of personality and temperments in the TBs, though. The name tends to stem from the fact that most racing TBs aren't taught much in the area of manners. They're taught to go fast...and the handlers/trainers just deal w/ any bad behavior. My TB is 5 mo. Off the track, and my 6 yr old (beginner rider) daughter has been riding him for a month. He is a very laid back, easy going horse. He didn't have the greatest ground manners coming off the track, but like a typical TB he is VERY smart and learns quickly. He would walk all over me when I got him, now he quietly walks behind me. He'd rush me and shove me aside at feeding time, now he'll wait a few paces away until I welcome him up to the feed bucket. But he's smart, and it doesn't take long to teach him something.
As for most ppl using them for English disciplins it probably stems from the fact that in the 80s, OTTBs were BIG in the English world for higher level atheletic events like eventing and jumping and dressage. Plus, they already direct reign...so there's no having to teach neck reining.
Just my $0.02...take it or leave it.