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    06-20-2012, 06:04 AM
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OTTB - what to look for?

I'm looking at buying an OTTB if I can sell my yearling, my budget will be fairly low-ish but I want a quality horse. I'm in contact with a few people who know trainers, just want to know what to look for specifically in an OTTB?

I know the conformational traits that are good for my discipline, and the bloodlines known for producing performers in my discipline. Temperament I'm not hugely fussy on, as long as it's sound and sane I'm happy and I actually like a challenge as long as it's not a problem bolter. Much the same regarding training, I can re-mouth whatever I end up getting no problem (mouthed my filly and her mouth is lovely and soft) and I'm happy to put in bulk groundwork.

Just wondering what specific things YOU look for when you're buying a horse off the track or that's had some re-training.
     
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    06-20-2012, 06:10 AM
  #2
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For me, type, ability, temperament...and a BIG one for me...

SOUNDNESS! They have to be sound in joints, hooves, legs and mind! So many OTTBS break down a few years later due to untreated racing injures. I got my OTTB vet checked and she is perfectly sound! Also stomach ulcers are a big thing to look for as well.
     
    06-20-2012, 06:14 AM
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Yeah soundness is the big one for me too, hence looking for a real cheap one because I've dropped madam's price again (but haven't updated on here yet) and what I get for her has to pay for horse AND vet check with x-rays so that limits me quite severely and if the horse I set my heart on ends up unsound I'll have to save for a while again for vet check :/
     
    06-20-2012, 06:16 AM
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Yeah the money for the check is always a problem :/ Mine got vetted yesterday and she was all good luckily! Will you use it for jumping?
     
    06-20-2012, 06:37 AM
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Yep it will be a showjumper/eventer, and I'm thinking pure dressage for the first year-ish with a few trot and canter poles and cavallettis for gymnastic development and to improve its trot.
     
    06-20-2012, 06:45 AM
  #6
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Oh yep nice :)
     
    06-20-2012, 06:52 AM
  #7
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Yeah :) pretty excited, there's a nice 8yo I'm eyeing off that's for long term/lifetime free lease with some retraining and that has REALLY nice form over fences, bit bland through the trot but he looks nice enough. But first things first I need to sell my yearling and find a new job :/
     
    06-20-2012, 06:56 AM
  #8
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Oh yeah? Sounds good! That trot could maybe be improved with work as well. Yeah, its always hard isn't it :/ Selling a horse to buy another horse! Lol. Its never easy!
     
    06-20-2012, 07:01 AM
  #9
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Yeah I really like the look of him but chances are he'll be gone by the time I sell madam. What will be will be!
     
    06-20-2012, 07:03 AM
  #10
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Of course! Theres plenty of fish in the sea!
     

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