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post #1 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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OTTB Health Question

Hey guys, so i might be getting an OTTB. Basically the people have too many horses and just want this guy to go to a good home, so im getting him for super cheap (500$). He is 5 years old, has been re-started under saddle, and is super quiet. He goes w/t/c and has been started over small fences.

They say that he is a little bit stiff in the back end, but a vet has cleared him for w/t/c and over fences, but not higher than 2'6 and not all the time. This is fine, i mostly just want him for a pleasure horse.

What i want to know, is what kind of health issues might i run into because he is off the track? And should i be more worried because of his back end?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 06:29 PM
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i would get your own ppe. since he was raced the stiffness could be arthritus or some type of race related injury. ive owned 2 ottb and i loved them to death. best horses i ever had.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-26-2013, 06:35 PM
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At 5, any problems will likely be in the legs. Popped splints, old suspensory tears, your basic leg wear and tear. If there is any way you can find where he raced and contact his old trainer, you might be able to find out if he was ever hurt.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-27-2013, 01:24 AM
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Also, do you have a Stud Book over in Canada that you can search to find out trainers, jockeys etc? Or do you happen to know anyone who knew him when he raced? You may find a bit out about him that way :)

The Australian Stud Book helped me out heaps when I was digging into my OTTB's past. Invaluable info on how much and often he raced and also an insight into injury. I knew prior to buying Bo that he had damaged his suspensory and that ended his race career, but there was a bit of muddled info that suggested maybe he had injured it before he finished racing. No one was 100% sure. I searched his race listing and sure enough there was an 18 month gap when he was a 3-4yr old that he didn't race which suggests that the career ending injury was the second suspensory injury, not the first.

As MyBoyPuck suggested, the most common problems in OTTB's are leg problems. If he is stiff, maybe get a body worker whether it be a horse physiotherapist, Chiro, Bowen Therapist, Equissage Practitioner - whoever, out to take a look at him? They may be able to advise on additional complimentary management methods for him :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-27-2013, 01:27 AM
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tendon and ligament injuries, abuse issues, laminitis, various hoof and leg related problems, not to mention vices such as bolting. He sounds very sweet though and what a bargain!

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-27-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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A PPE could end up costing me more than the actual horse :/ I have talked to thier vet, and although she didnt say what was wrong, she did say that as long as i wasnt competing higher than 2'3-2'6ish then i wouldnt be a problem.

Is it smart to trust what she says? Or should i really dig deeper into that?

His registered name is Going Up The Country, but im having trouble finding much information on him. If any of you detectives wanted to take a look, it would be much appreciated!

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A lame horse costs the same to keep as a sound one, I would definitely get a PPE done regardless of the horse's price and what the other vet says. The soreness and only being able to jump low fences would be a red flag for me for sure, that is not normal for any 5 year old. I would definitely want to know exactly what is going on there.

I love OTTB's, and may never own anything but! Some do have a lot of wear and tear though, even if they haven't done that much, depending on the horse, so a PPE is imperative imo.

I found some information on a horse named "Goinup The Country": Goinup The Country Horse Pedigree and equibase is blocked on my computer here at work, but do a horse search on there and it will bring up his race records and probably the race replays as well. Looks like it may be the guy you are looking at.

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A lame horse costs the same to keep as a sound one, I would definitely get a PPE done regardless of the horse's price and what the other vet says. The soreness and only being able to jump low fences would be a red flag for me for sure, that is not normal for any 5 year old. I would definitely want to know exactly what is going on there.

I love OTTB's, and may never own anything but! Some do have a lot of wear and tear though, even if they haven't done that much, depending on the horse, so a PPE is imperative imo.

I found some information on a horse named "Goinup The Country": Goinup The Country Horse Pedigree and equibase is blocked on my computer here at work, but do a horse search on there and it will bring up his race records and probably the race replays as well. Looks like it may be the guy you are looking at.
That horse is a year too young, at least if what the sellers are telling me is correct.

I think I'm gonna ask for a copy of his registration papers when i go out to see him on Sunday. And definitely get a PPE!

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