Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Houston area, Texas
How exciting for you!
One thing to consider is how much you will attempt to teach this horse that they don't already know - if it's a lot, an older horse is going to have a harder physical time due to increasing stiffness, joint pain, etc., especially off the track. An older horse is also going to require more in the way of supplements and your time with stretching and joint care, no matter what their history or ability level. Any way you slice it, unless you're only pursuing gentle pleasure riding, that likely means a new horse in a few years... not suggesting one or the other, but food for thought if you haven't considered these questions. I am a huge fan of OTTBs, but unfortunately a lot of them come up needing homes regularly, so I wouldn't settle for anything that isn't *nearly* exactly what you are looking for, within reason - you will be doing something great whenever you find him or her.
Good luck, and please let us know what you decide!
Jan Shultis xenahorse.com
Know yourself. Know your horse. Ride with joy.