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post #1 of 4 Old 02-18-2014, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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OTTB horse??

I know i said in one of my other posts i won't be getting a horse for a while but i can't help horse shopping!

I saw this beautiful OTTB horse for sale near me, it has been re trained but is still a little jumpy, i have worked with worse horses before i just wanna know if it would be a wise choice?
Any bad or good OTTB experiences you had?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-18-2014, 09:38 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.

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-19-2014, 05:01 PM
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I'm personally not a TB fan. While there are exceptions, and many of them due to the sheer number of TBs out there, most TBs I have known have issues that never really quite go away. This is combined with a breed that is often (although not always) a hard keeper and that is notorious for soundness problems due to being worked so hard so young.

I mean they are nice enough horses, are really affordable all-rounders and lots people enjoying riding a nice forward horse usually with comfortable paces. Saying all that though I would never buy one again (I've owned two and leased two).

There are so many horses out there purpose bred and trained for many disciplines as well as just general riding. These horses are bred and trained for temperament and soundness, and to pretty much be what you want. TBs are a re-purposed racehorse bred and initially trained purely for speed, they never quite get over that.

It really depends on what you want.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-20-2014, 01:35 PM
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I have a TB and he isn't a regular TB I've found. He is pretty laid back but is definitely not a dead head. He can go barefoot for the most part unless you want to ride him out on black top or on something extemely rocky. For wood trails he does fine barefoot. He's an easy keeper as well, I've had him 7 years. He gets free range hay and a mineral/sulfur block during the Winter. If it's a bad snowy winter he gets some grain, but not a lot at all. He doesn't need any supplements or add in's to his feed/rations to stay fat. His "freak out" is a small jump and freeze. I've had Paint's and QH's make him look like the easiest keeping, calmest horse ever. Like stated above though, it's all about the horse itself..

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