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post #1 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Question where to find OTTBs?

I just graduated from college (yay!) and as soon as I find a steady source of income, I'm planning on getting a horse.

I'm not looking for anything spectacular, just sort of a project horse that I can work with and maybe do some light trails and and possibly some small local open shows later on. I'd like to re-home a Thoroughbred off the track.
I know that will involve a little bit of extra work, but I have enough experience with green horses that I'm fairly confident in my abilities to handle all of the re-training.

My question is, where can I go to find a sound, reasonably sane ottb? Would it be better to go through a rescue or try to find a contact straight from the track? What should I be looking for and are there any situations that I should avoid?

Any advice you guys have would be very much appreciated.

p.s. I'm in Tennessee if that helps. Its about 3 hours to the big KY racetracks, so not totally out of the question.

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I really like: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (New Vocations)
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 07:13 AM
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The cheapest and most direct way to find one is to go directly to the track, usually in the last week of the meet and let it be known that you're interested in buying.

However, the safest way is to work directly with a reputable rescue; because they will have done some of the evaluation of the horse for you, and some of the "let down" process. I don't have a recommedation for a rescue for you, so I would accept JDI's, above.

I also would be somewhat leery of OTTBs from a private seller when the private seller has had the horse a short period of time - most likely a failed or difficult reclaim.

In general, the younger the horse and the less it's raced, the easier the reclaim. A three year old that's never broken its maiden would be ideal. Also, I would want one that had been gelded previously, not gelded shortly before I bought it or that I would have to geld once I got it home. Not hard and fast rules, but general guidelines.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 08:42 AM
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New Vocations has some really great horses right now...OTTB's are special cases and need to be treated with a lil different handling. At a rescue organization, atleast you can talk with someone who knows that horse and his abilities. They do pretty thorough evaluations and sometimes even start them into basic training. We've had some OTTB's that have worked great and made the transition easily. Hopefully you have the same luck!
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I've poked around the New Vocations web sitie in the past, so I'll definitely have to check them out.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 01:30 PM
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Here in Oregon we have a guy who will get you an OTTB for a flat rate of $200. There's a big track and race farm in Bend that he will haul his trailer up and pick the horse up for you. That's where we got Annie, and she's sound, sane, and happy as a clam. He just finds random failed racehorses who weren't good enough or not fast enough.

I'd definately look for a rescue, though. I like those sites that JustDressageIt reccomended.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 01:41 PM
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The new Vocations usualy has some really nice horses and i would highly recomend them, they do some really great things there. They are a really reputable rescue and would probably find you exactly what you wanted.
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