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post #1 of 7 Old 10-23-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me about your OTTB

I have found one who came off the big tracks but with her tendency
to be lazy probably didn't do well. Suppose to be papered but they are still locked up in a safe and previous owner never released them yet.

She is quiet been on trails, rides western and could easily go HUS but I don't do any of those things but ride western on trails.

My concern is I have heard they are hard to winter and it SD that could be a problem and that they have lousy feet.

Anyone with feedback good or bad would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-23-2013, 02:20 PM
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Others will chime in with specific examples, but you can't use generalizations to predict what will happen. Some OTTBs are hard keepers and need extra calories during the cold months, especially if they are recently off the track. Likewise, some OTTBs have thin soles or other problems with their hooves. However, many OTTBs do fine in both areas.

How long has your girl been out of racing? It sounds like she's already been a trail horse so I'd guess that she's already gone through at least one winter? You should have a good farrier look at her feet and give you and assessment.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-23-2013, 02:26 PM
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My Tb is barefoot (they don't genetically have bad hooves, but suffer from being shod from an early age when internal structures are developing), she lives out all winter (UK winter so mostly wet), she loses weight just before Spring but the rest of the time she is fine. She has TB moments when things get a bit silly but mostly she is delightful and very fast.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-23-2013, 03:09 PM
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I've had three so far. And know many more. Depending on how long they're off the track, they should winter fine with free choice hay and some extra hard feed, not necessarily grain, tho. If fresh OT, expect a let down time when they change their metabolism over to" normal" horse. it will take some time for their system to adjust to more roughage and less grain.
All mine developed normal bare feet after initial problems. Agree with Clava on the reason.

As for temperament, they're not dead heads, are a little reactive at times and do best with a regular work routine.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-23-2013, 04:17 PM
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there are close to 20 on the farm. Not one has bad feet, infact, the worst feet in the last few years belong to a draftx morgan. Some take a while to transition from shod to barefoot, and some have thinner soles(just like any breed). The BO's mare and three grown foals out of that mare have amazing feet by any definition. Treat each as an individual. the OTTB's mentioned above are 1-22 years old, many recently off the track.

generally they are hotter than the average horse, but again, treat them as individuals. Some of the horses on the farm are super quiet, to the point of being beginner safe. Some are hot, opinionated handfuls that should never be handled by the inexperienced, like my BO's main saddle horse. Some are great on trails, some love to jump, some move well enough for dressage. Depends on the horse.

Most of the ones on the farm winter fine. About 2/3 need a decent amount of oats and beet pulp to keep weight, but nothing extreme. I would say maybe 5% had major issues with winter for the first few years. These are typically the ones raised in the southern states, then shipped north. they are blanketed and fed lots of extra feed.half the ones on the farm right now are on a diet, they are so fat.

that said, the winters here are very extreme.
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I have one, 7 yrs old. Had 4 races. I got her as a rescue, from a hunter/jumper stable. I have no clue as to what "training" she had after the track. she is barefoot, does extremely well on the trail, no problem with rocky trails. She had just as soon be in the back of the pack, tends to be lazy, probably why she only had 4 races. He main issue is horse trailers. It took forever to get her in a horsetrailer, and she just shivers when she's in there. She acts like she was in a trailer accident in the past.
She LOVES trail riding. Her ears are up, she's looking around, she is happy. If ridden in the pasture or along the road, she's lethargic, ears back, just not happy.
She is rarely spooked by things.. Only once was it bad. I was riding along the road (in the country) she decided to spook and buck at every car that came by, after an hour of fighting her, I turned around to head home, and less than 100yds from the house, a group of 50+ motorcycles went by, it was too much for her, she reared, went over backwards with me, onto a barbedwire fence, I landed on T-post, luckily just bruised, she ran home. She has been fine since. (I think she was probably in season).

ETA: she is a cribber, so will loose weight when she decides to crib more than eat. Cribbing color doesn't work on her. She filled out nicely, but with her cribbing, she doesn't fill in her top line well. We'll see what happens over the winter. She is on freechoice pasture, and gets a 3qt scoop of 14% pellets a day
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 02:14 PM
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I have ridden a number of OTTBs that were school horses toward the beginning of my riding career. They were all lovely, and each had something different to teach me.

It is god advice to treat them as individuals--but I am happy to say that they are a very special type of horse ;)

EDIT-I wanted to add that none of them were 'bad'. Sure, some had their quirks... But don't we all?

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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