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post #51 of 59 Old 07-27-2011, 11:43 PM
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Hahahaha ! I'm glad I watched the video I didn't want anyone hating on OTTBs! I LOVE my OTTB. Hes awesome(:
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post #52 of 59 Old 07-28-2011, 12:13 AM
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Count me in for the "I have an OTTB and he is amazing" group...he is literally the most beloved horse at my barn. EVERYONE loves Sam..and he is well worth the love and admiration, he gives his all everyday, and is kind and gentle..and very funny too.

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post #53 of 59 Old 07-28-2011, 12:54 AM
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I have an anglo arab... insane horse, if you believe what people say about TB's and Arabs, right? Mix the two together and it's a recipe for disaster?

Could not get a better horse. He is athletic, has the stamina to do minimal training at home and then go to a show and let rip, has great movement, and the best temperament EVER. He's so bold and very little scares him, and when he does get a fright, he calms down straight away.

I love TB's, great horses. Would I buy one straight off the track? I don't think so, I don't have enough experience to be re-training a horse that is potentially very damaged. I would, however, have one that had been given some re-training already and had the basics down. I would not hesitate.

The loopiest horse I ever had anything to do with was a Standardbred! Majority of Standies are forgiving, really quiet, just great beginners' horses, but mine was a nervous wreck.

We used to have a TB mare, she was 16 when we got her and had little to no education. We think she was taken off the track and chucked in the paddock to make babies, until we got her and started to work with her. AMAZING horse, the best temperament and SUCH a sweet mare. We would have bred from her but she had cysts in her uterus and we were advised that it would not be worth spending money to try to put her in foal. She would eventually carry a foal to term if she was run with a stallion, but that was not an option.

I would definitely have another TB. Maybe after Satin's started and trained, I'll find something nice from the track. Maybe I'll save madly and get a nice young (6-7yo) horse already going in my chosen discipline. I haven't decided yet. Maybe I'll just stick with having the one riding horse after Monty's retired.
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post #54 of 59 Old 07-31-2011, 01:05 PM
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you scared me with the title. luckily i watched the video. OTTB's are great horses! My barn has one and I just adore her!
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post #55 of 59 Old 08-30-2011, 01:46 PM
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One of the happiest looking horses I've seen, what a ham!
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post #56 of 59 Old 08-31-2011, 05:29 PM
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I love your video. Love watching that horse learning to become a horse, how grand. He looks like he is in good hands now. I hope you can always keep him. I have limited space, if I had more I'd probably take in all kinds of forgotten babies.
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post #57 of 59 Old 08-31-2011, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks and hugs to everyone who read this thread.

It warms my heart to see so much admiration here for the OTTB...specifically the OT part, as these horses oftentimes don't really know how to be horses....and I am sure each and every OTTB owner on here will agree that the real beauty of owning an OTTB is watching them learn to be a horse, not a commodity.

A commodity is something to be used and discarded at will. He used to be that....

Now, he is a blessing, to be cherished and loved forever.
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post #58 of 59 Old 08-31-2011, 10:28 PM
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i love thoroughbreds! befor i got timmy there was an ottb for sale at a ranch i helped out at he was so kind i rode him once and he was a dream! but a friend of mine almost ended up buying him i was happy she gave him back (she said he was to old for her) i begged my mom but she said no and then someone else bought him and from what ive heard he is doing great
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post #59 of 59 Old 08-31-2011, 10:53 PM
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Typing through the tears is a bit difficult. Thanks for the warning.

OTTBs get such a bad rap... but I have yet to figure out from where. Every single one I've met has been a gem. As someone who has primarily owned and worked TBs, now owning a WB cross, man I miss Thoroughbreds. I know everyone is on this WB kick, but there is nothing like a good Thoroughbred. They are athletic, beautiful and true. Plus you own a piece of history.... there's something about looking through the pedigree and seeing Secretariat or Man O War.

Something a lot of people don't realize is OTTBs have shipped everywhere and have had to look good for how many years. They are generally the easiest horses to handle away from home and who doesn't like being able to clip their horse standing loose in the stall? The one farm I had Keeper (my last OTTB) at where all nervous when we went to a show because he hadn't been off the farm in 2 years. Who had the only horse that marched on and off the trailer.... stood tied and needed 5 minutes of warm-up ( no lunging thank you) before taking champion? Thats right.... the crazy uncontrollable OTTB.

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