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    02-04-2013, 09:54 PM
I have worked with two Of Track horses. My own personal TB and a QH owned by the lady who RACES my TB. They are both AMAZING (CALM) horses once they learned to be horses and trust when I say things are okay. My TB and I hack out alone. 18-wheelers, cows, dogs, trailers, noise, scary things. Nothing spooks her. The QH I've been working with is the same way. He's not really the spooky type. He's going to make a nice trail horse for his owner. Through getting to know these two I've made the decision to get another OTTB who will be coming home soon! He's a dappled grey and I cannot WAIT to hit the trails with him!
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    02-05-2013, 11:39 PM
What amazed me most about my OTTB was how quickly a horse who spent the first 4 years of his life in a stall adapted to trail riding. On day one, he was bulldozing through brush and finding his footing like a mountain goat. I won't sugar coat that he was more than a bit reactive to wildlife the first few times out, but he's gotten steadily more confident and really looks forward to our out of arena time.
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    02-05-2013, 11:48 PM
Now, when they come off the track don't you basically have to start the training from square one? I've heard some pretty bad stories of OTTBs coming off the track and just be unmanageable and way too skittish.
    02-05-2013, 11:51 PM
Originally Posted by Horse racer    
Now, when they come off the track don't you basically have to start the training from square one? I've heard some pretty bad stories of OTTBs coming off the track and just be unmanageable and way too skittish.
Depends entirely on the horse. Mine had about 4 months off to sit in a field and be a horse. Once he was restarted under saddle, he was a complete gentlemen. We kept waiting for the blow ups, but they never came.
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    02-06-2013, 01:15 AM
Originally Posted by Horse racer    
Thanks guys, makes me feel better. I read something on the internet somewhere that was just completely running down TB as too high strung, naughty, and not adaptable to life beyond the race track and the article got me a little confused.
I ride Clue bare-back almost all the time, normally in just a halter & reins. I've ridden him down the road bare-back like this numerous times. I have two paints, a quarter horse, an appendix, & a tennessee walker, & I still trust Clue to take on trails & do new things with. They have a huge heart & a willingness to please. I gotta say Clue loves to run, but that's what he was bred to do, but he's never once took off with me, bucked, reared, anything. I don't even lunge him or anything before I ride.
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    02-22-2013, 08:53 PM
My TB is smart super smart, you can do anything very easily with him. If he wants to. Otherwise, he's very stubborn and thinks he knows better than me. He's pretty unflappable, but curious and likes things. Doesn't mind cars, water or loud noise. Just dogs. :) Their very versatile in my opinion. Go for it!! Plus, I like the speed :)
    02-22-2013, 09:17 PM
I am very excited for spring to finally come so I can get my new OTTB out on the trails. I think he's going to love it. He's not very spooky and when he does spook, he comes back to me very quickly. My Dad's family trail rides a lot and they have very dependable trail horses so they will show him the ropes.

I'm not sure yet about overnight camping. I've hi-line tied before without problems, but never really felt comfortable with it. He's 16.3 so none of the inexpensive portable fencing systems seem to be tall enough to contain the taller horses. I don't think I could sleep at night with a 16.3 jumper basically on an honor system with those little tiny posts on those portable corrals!!

I completely agree that it depends on the horse. My best friend's OTTB should not be going on any trail rides, especially with her on him. Just like horses, some people are not suited for trail riding either!!
    02-22-2013, 09:26 PM
My OTTB got two months off (had to give her knee time to heal) and rebreaking her was the easier thing I've ever done in my life. I seriously started her in a halter and leadrope in a western saddle. None of which she was used too with two months on pasture/stall rest and I actually had to push her to get her moving. She didnt want too. I wouldnt say I had to start her from square one. I knew she had been used to working and I didnt have to let her learn anything about the tack or get used to having someone on them but I did have to spend a little while teaching her that she could move her body in more ways than a straight line. However my girl is VERY sensitive. Luckily she isnt over reactive to my cues or anything really. She has never been hard to deal with either. She doesnt freak out of get frustrated when she doesnt get something.

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