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post #1 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Where to find an OTTB?

While I'm not exactly shopping right now, I am starting to look around for a horse of my own and I feel I would really enjoy working with an OTTB.

I have been riding for about 11 years, and over those years have worked with many different temperaments and ages of horse, in particular a very strong willed, firey old mare who very few people could handle, as well as work with young and untrained or partially started horses. I realize that OTTBs can be a challenge, and I am prepared to deal with that and work through it :)

What I was wondering is where does one find an OTTB to adopt? I have been browsing Canter, which seems like a great source, but I am in Arkansas, and most of those horses are a good 9 hours at least from me. Are there any other groups like that more spread across the country? Something in Missouri or Texas would be great!
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 06:13 PM
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Are there any tracks near you? The ones we've seen around here have been from the racetrack about an hour from us. They usually move them out for a really decent price. One we looked at they were asking for a donation only.

I have an OTTB and she's a bit of a challenge. Not too bad though - just set in her ways, mostly. Really nice under saddle.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 06:25 PM
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Definitely check with racetracks and track vets. There have been times when my BO has gone to the track with an empty trailer and returned home with a bunch of FREE TB's. Our vet also usually knows someone who's looking to rehome some horses.

We're kind of far from you, though. :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 08:12 PM
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Hey google new vocations race horse rescue...they have beautiful horses for around $300 and they have already taken care of any health problems like bowed tendons and things. They work with them for a while but I know there would still be some work for you to do. Hope that helps!
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-12-2012, 12:43 AM
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Are you near Hot Springs at all? That's where Oaklawn Park is and I'm sure if you contacted them, someone there can get you in contact with trainers or vets. I've been there many times and LOVE the backside at Oaklawn; everyone was so nice. One of the best ways to find a cheap ottb at the track if you don't have connections is to contact trainers at the end of the season. Many will want to "dump" slow horses before they move their string to the next track.

There are advantages to going with one of the rescues. They usually have spent some time with the horse, sent it to a vet or at least have an idea of what kind of care the horse will need in the future. Trainers are under no obligation to give you the total history of the horse (or might not know it themselves), though most reputable ones will tell you what they do know so PPE are even more important.

Good luck with finding your OTTB!
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-12-2012, 11:02 PM
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Texas Ex-Racehorse Adoption - LOPE Texas, Lone Star Outreach to Place Ex-Racers The woman who runs it is Lynn Reardon and she wrote a book that I just finished reading about her experiences with OTTB. We have 2 OTTB at our farm and I really enjoy both of them.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-12-2012, 11:09 PM
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CANTERUSA.org Is good place
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