02-18-2014, 10:38 PM
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The only thing that experience with OTTBs has taught me is that you can't say anything about OTTBs in general. They're all extremely different.
For instance, I've ridden one that was so lazy I had a hard time believing he ever even got to the gate in time for a race, and I've had some that you have to lunge for 20 minutes before you can think about having a controlled ride on them.
A lot of it depends on their age, how long they were at the track and how long they've been off the track. And of course the individual.
Myself personally, I'm a big TB fan, and if you think you would like one then all you can do is go meet the guy and see what he's like. If you feel confident on him and you feel okay dealing with how jumpy he is, then there's no reason that you couldn't own an OTTB. You really do need to make sure that he's the right amount of horse for you though.
Also, take someone with you when you go to try him so that you can get a second, outside opinion. Make it someone who knows horses and also knows your abilities. And try to go multiple times if the owner is cooperative - because horses can have good and bad days as well, so the more you can go see him the more likely you are to be able to gauge what his bad days are like.