Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Breinigsville, PA
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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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