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post #31 of 59 Old 07-24-2011, 02:29 PM
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I just went to the New Vocations web site. I didn't know about it. Wow! What nice horses, and at what a steal! It is very tempting to adopt one of these lovely horses and spend the money I save on buying a different horse on professional training.

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post #32 of 59 Old 07-24-2011, 02:39 PM
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I had never thought about the standardbreds. Does anybody have any experience with them?

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Standardbreds are a wonderful breed. Great temperments, very trainable. My friend has always had standies and loves them.
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I don't own an OTTB. Based on a book by someone with a lot of experience re-homing OTTBs, I concluded my set-up and experience level were not a good match. 5 years from now, and if we ever build on some land we bought, that may change.

That in no way means that folks should not consider it, but they also need to think about the different training and background that racehorses have.

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Track-Retraining-Thoroughbred-Racecourse/dp/1570764026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311529924&sr=8-1
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post #35 of 59 Old 07-24-2011, 03:17 PM
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Back to the OP, I'm going to have to say that, in my personal experience, people say these things about OTTB's out of jealousy and ignorance.
I am on the receiving end of a bit of animosity with my Bug and I look at the people who had dealt with him before I got him, and ... well, I can understand why he may not have wanted them on his back for any length of time, if you know what I mean.

I think people look at others who own, lease or work with OTTBs and just get frustrated that they are unable to work with them with any level of success.

OP you are a brave person to deal with such an animal! Congratulations on not getting eaten during the OTTB apocalypse!!!

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bsms is right in that OTTBs are not good horses for those with time issues or those who want "finished" mounts....


they do need retraining. BUT you don't have to be super experienced in horse training to do so. All you need is alot of commitment, at least the basics in ground work, and a firm but gentle approach...and you have a friend for life......

IMO, they are well worth the time you put into them. But I have found that it isn't TIME that keeps prospective buyers away from OTTBs, it's fear. Adjectives that attach to them.... terms like vicious, crazy, tempermental, insane, wild, dangerous....frighten buyers away.

I liken it to what has happened to pit bulls. Pit bulls are not genetically evil, they are just dogs. But because of bad press, some cities have even banned them from living there. Insanity prevails.

LOL, Dusty. I take my life into my own hands every time we kiss his furry gray nose....because he could very well lick us to death. He licks more than a dog....the face, your neck, your head....it's kind of odd.

When the BO opens the pasture fence each morning, he stands behind her and licks her neck and breathes in her ear....she is constantly reminding him she's a married woman!

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bsms is right in that OTTBs are not good horses for those with time issues or those who want "finished" mounts....


they do need retraining. BUT you don't have to be super experienced in horse training to do so. All you need is alot of commitment, at least the basics in ground work, and a firm but gentle approach...and you have a friend for life......

IMO, they are well worth the time you put into them. But I have found that it isn't TIME that keeps prospective buyers away from OTTBs, it's fear. Adjectives that attach to them.... terms like vicious, crazy, tempermental, insane, wild, dangerous....frighten buyers away.

I liken it to what has happened to pit bulls. Pit bulls are not genetically evil, they are just dogs. But because of bad press, some cities have even banned them from living there. Insanity prevails.
I say Amen!!

LOL, Dusty. I take my life into my own hands every time we kiss his furry gray nose....because he could very well lick us to death. He licks more than a dog....the face, your neck, your head....it's kind of odd. He is merely testing you to see if you have basted long enough. Your time is coming! Mine does the same thing to a degree and I know, each day could be my last.

When the BO opens the pasture fence each morning, he stands behind her and licks her neck and breathes in her ear....she is constantly reminding him she's a married woman!
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Just wanted to add that I am so glad to see so much support for OTTBs on this forum.... I wish more people had the sense that you all have....they believe the stereotypes without ever trying to discover the truth...that these are trainable, lovable, energetic athletes with quirky and endearing personalities.


LOL, Dusty .... yep, today could be the last day....he is merely biding his time....waiting for the right moment to strike.....like when we run out of horse cookies!!!

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post #39 of 59 Old 07-24-2011, 03:43 PM
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I shudder just to think of it! Running out of horse cookies is just plain neglect anyhow, ask my Bug, he'll tell ya all about this abusiveness!

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He;s adorable! I love his colouring! He looks like he has a great personality!

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