OTTBs: What to ask when considering purchase?

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    11-23-2009, 10:28 AM
OTTBs: What to ask when considering purchase?

There are a LOT of OTTBs in my area for sale in my price range. I have always shied away from them, since a lot of OTTBs in barns where I've worked have been a little, um, quirky. However, I know that there are plenty of sane OTTBs that make wonderful horses. What types of questions should I specifically ask if considering one for purchase? I want a nice all-around horse that I can do basic dressage, jumping, and occassional trail rides with. My biggest concern is their ground manners. Horses that jig when leading drive me crazy! I want a horse that actually enjoys being loved and groomed, and one that I feel safe on. Hot energy under saddle makes me extremely nervous, creating a viscious cycle!

I've spoken with a few people who have OTTBs advertised, and I ask all the usual questions, plus how long they've been off the track, of they've ever had any injuries or soundness issues. I want to make sure I'm getting exactly what I want, but I don't want to automatically rule out a good horse just because its an OTTB. What other questions should I ask?
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    11-23-2009, 10:46 AM
I would make sure they give permission for their vet to talk to yours. Or at least release all the horses records. I would really want to know WHY the horse is being retired. If its something besides being to slow I probably wouldnt look. Some people advertise horses with injuries as rideable. But that bone chip may migrate or that old ankle injury may flare up later. They can't guarantee you will have a sound horse forever.

My friend just got a free horse from her neighbor (He partnered with the 7-up heirs, and I guess they didnt care about the 70k they got this mare for.) We though she was going to be insane u/s because she was so skittish on the ground. She was amazing, like she never raced a day in her life. But she was a nut on the ground. She was so spooky I didnt want to be in a stall with her. We couldnt put her in the isle because she would rear up and hit her head on the ceiing. After a week of turnout she got horrible scratches, we think because she was on steroids and was taken off them cold turkey.
    11-23-2009, 10:47 AM
Every ottb is different, the best thing to do is to go and meet each one you are interested in and see which one suits you. Their personality on the ground normally switches into their personality undersaddle. TB love to work and please their rider the biggest thing is if you remain calm they will follow your lead.
    11-23-2009, 10:58 AM
I had an OTTB for 10 years. His ground manners were wonderful, he loved attention and being groomed. Lots of personality. He loved kids... both human and horsey.

On his back however was a different story. Some days he rode beautifully, other days it was nothing short of hard work to ride him. I swore he was bi polar.

I finally just quit riding him and stayed with my trustworthy QH's. It was like I got old, and he didn't.

Questions I would ask now after experiencing him (other than your usual) would be

1) Has he/she been ridden in other situations other than the track. If not, then 2 applies

2) Has he/she been 'deprogrammed' and re trained (such as does he/she no longer run thru the bit as one example)

3) If so on the above two, how does he/she handle crowd situations. You want to make sure they don't think they're back at the races, get all hyped up and blow

4) To the best of the sellers knowledge, has he/she been given alot of drugs. Most won't admit to it. They do test the track horses, but in training alot still get doped up and it does effect them. By race day most traces are gone
    11-23-2009, 11:03 AM
I think the others have given great advice. Definitely have your vet do a pre-purchase inspection. I would ask for any xrays that have ever been taken, full disclosure from their current vet.

Ask for a trial if possible. I would recommend this with any horse purchase.

The OTTB mare I just bought is a little jittery on the ground but very nice under saddle. I wouldn't trade her for the world.
    11-23-2009, 11:13 AM
HEy luvmyperch,
I totally understand your concerns about certain things.
Many have given great commentary.
I am not sure how far away this facility is from you, but I stumbled upon it one day when I was searching around on the net for rescue horses.
This place is really on the up and up and tells it like it is!
Check it out and if they are to far away then they may be able to direct you to a place that is closer to you!

I just loved all the information they gave about the horses. Whe I saw that they were telling people about the specific issues some of the horses had I thought "Wow...that is so cool they hide nothing"

Anyhow. I hope the link helps.

I think OTTB's are great. Yes some come with all kinds of funky quirks, but you may want to ask for a trial if you find one you just fall in love with.

Even tho my two were unraced, they have there little quirks but nothing that is insane and off the chart.

I think with dedication and work you will find what it is your looking for...

Happy trails!
    11-23-2009, 11:37 AM
Ohhh - good idea HalfPass!

I adopted an OTTB from or New York Horse Rescue. They are a vet team that rehab OTTBs. They were totally honest and awesome. I got an exceptional gelding from them. Mona is very helpful! I paid $250 adoption (they go by donations) and she even helped find a very good shipper at a great price.
    11-23-2009, 12:08 PM
Thanks guys! I'm checking out both of those sites. I'm totally crushing on Heartbreakin Love on Reruns NJ adoptables page!
    11-23-2009, 12:15 PM
Check out CANTER?

Unless you are getting a horse from someone rehoming, you can't do a trial, and they usually arent deprogramed.
    11-23-2009, 12:19 PM
Hey Luvmy!
I just went to
And I put in his name for his pedigree...
Bam! He has Seattle Slew in his!!!
His is a nice horse!!!
You can go to that site and check pedigree's if you like. But who really cares when your saving a horsey right!!
I soooo hope you find a horse you like!!!
What a neat experience this would be.
Keep me posted especially if you go to ReRun and look at the horses.
I would be so interested to hear of your experience and what the place was like!

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