I own a 11yo OTT Thoroughbred who has been off the track for 3years; and chucked in a paddock. We saved him a year ago, and have never looked back. So what i'm wondering is what comes with owning an OTTB?
Owning a OTTB is an amazing experience, although there is the frustration, sweat and many tears but in the end its all worth. You need to be able to have the confidence to be the leader, and not accept anything less then their best. You have to go through all the crictics saying its not worth it, and you have to have the will power to make it happen, It's not easy, but after one year I have seen a dramatic change in my boy. Dont' worry, it is VERY
rewarding. They're usually started early (too early for my liking) and I wonder what it does to their bones.
Sometimes there bones are ran to early which causes athritis, joint problems and bone chips as they age. There is a chance your horse could suffer from this, but with the right care, it should be ok. 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?
OTTB's are amazing jumpers, they have the heart to do jumping and suceed. Jumping won't shorten her career at all if you don't over work her like a machine and jump, jump, jump. 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)
You know those big hay rolls, leave one of them in her paddock so she can go and eat when ever she wants to. Maybe feed her some bulking feed, that supplys cool energy. I feed my boy Chaff, Bran, Carrots, Mollases, Pony Nuts or Cool Max, salt and coat shine stuff. And he is started to put the weight on, although they should be in regular work(:
Hope I helped alittle bit.