I'm sorta new here, so I don't know if there's been a lot of discussion on OTTB's? If not here's my story/questions!
I'm currently leasing a 5 or 6 (not sure) yr old OTTB, and i'm interested in buying her. I've been riding her for half a year and she's not your typical TB. She's laid-back and doesn't really like to canter, so I guess it's no wonder she failed as a racehorse!
So what i'm wondering is what comes with owning an OTTB? They're usually started early (too early for my liking) and I wonder what it does to their bones. I'm thinking of teaching her to jump, and I've heard that many OTTB's are used for jumping. I just want to know if this could shorten her riding career? She was trained as a racehorse for 4 yrs. (no idea why with her temperament)
Also, she's the typical super-skinny TB, so i'm wondering how to get weight on her? I've only owned very easy keepers that fed themselves, so this is also new! I've been feeding her extra pellets and she's on free hay, but she's really low in the pecking order. She probably looks fine, but i'm used to my chubby fjord cross (who sadly passed away) so most anything looks skinny to me!
Thanks for your help... I really want to get all the information on OTTB's before I decide to buy. I don't want to do anything wrong, so I figure its best to educate myself!
If you have any suggestions, or would like to share your stories/pictures go ahead!