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    05-15-2011, 09:49 PM
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Foal
TB's age faster than other breeds?

I've heard some things, like TBs age fairly quickly and Arabians age fairly slowly. So, I'm looking to buy a horse, and I found this 14-year-old OTTB for sale. Do you think this horse has many more useful years on him? I'm looking to event but it's going to take me a while to form the courage to jump high.
     
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    05-15-2011, 09:59 PM
  #2
Yearling
My old gelding was a TB, & I got him when he was 16. We competed in jumpers & eventing until he was 23. Had he not been kicked in the pasture, which ultimately ended in him being put down, I have no doubt he would still be going strong (he'd be 25 now).
Get the horse's legs x-rayed. If people say OTTBs "age faster", it's probably a result of them breaking down due to racing related injuries.
     
    05-15-2011, 10:01 PM
  #3
Showing
Not true.
However due to the stress that is put on young TBs destined for the track, their bodies can be injured or break down quicker - just about the same with any elite athlete started too young.
     
    05-16-2011, 01:18 AM
  #4
Green Broke
My TB is 16 now and he is still going strong :)
     
    05-16-2011, 11:12 AM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by hillree    
I've heard some things, like TBs age fairly quickly and Arabians age fairly slowly. So, I'm looking to buy a horse, and I found this 14-year-old OTTB for sale. Do you think this horse has many more useful years on him? I'm looking to event but it's going to take me a while to form the courage to jump high.

I too have always been told that TB's mature faster physically, and it is why they are raced so young. But with everything else, I would think it really just depends on the horse.

As for a 14year old OTTB, saying that he is sound, like everyone else has said, he should have a good amount of years left in him! I leased an old TB a while back, he was 21, and he was as sound as could be, and loved to jump
     
    05-16-2011, 12:19 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
I too have always been told that TB's mature faster physically, and it is why they are raced so young.
I think people say that to justify the sport of racing. It's based on absolutely no facts. They certainly are not finished maturing by the age of 2 or 3. No horse matures that early.
     
    05-16-2011, 08:11 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Thanks Quixotic, that's what I was thinking right after I posted!!
     
    05-16-2011, 09:19 PM
  #8
Foal
Hmmm i've heard that 2
     
    05-20-2011, 10:56 PM
  #9
Yearling
My gelding was only 15.2 hands from 3-5 and then he grew a whole nother hand between 5-6 and is 16.3.

I agree with what Quixotic. They say it to justify it but it's just not true.
     

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