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post #1 of 10 Old 04-30-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Critique this guy

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He's 4 years old he's a OTTB and he's 16.2 hands.
$3,500
Needs a new job.

Eventing? Hunters? What? :)
Just a critique of what he could do would help. I am not looking to buy at the time but if he's still avalible when I do search then yea :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-30-2010, 05:23 PM
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I don't really know what kind of horse it takes for eventing or hunters but all around, he is a nice looking horse. His pasterns are a little upright but other than that, I don't see anything glaringly obvious with his conformation. He looks a little thin to me, but then again, so do all racehorses LOL. I am used to seeing tubby monsters .

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lol yea he's a little thin but that can be fixed
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I don't think it is so much that he is 'thin' persay. He is just fit for the track. Horses with such a low body fat percentage always look thin to me cause I am used to looking at mine and they are all fat. LOL.

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ah.
I love TBS :) I ride one
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How much work has he had since leaving the track? Or is he still on it?
He looks nicely uphill in this picture - but he's standing literally on a hill. You may find him ever so slightly croup-high in person, which isn't a deal-breaker unless you plan on contesting Badminton with him. Pretty nice shoulder angle, and a good set of the neck.
His front legs are a little odd to me. He looks almost slightly behind at the knee, and that couple with those upright pasterns is enough to make me question him. That said, it's kind a wonky angle, and the knees could well be fine. I will remain steadfast about those pasterns, however.
I like the length of his back, but his hind end is weak. He has a set-back croup, which means you'll have to really work on strengthening both the hind end and the back - definitely no riding the front end with a guy like this. Lots of hillwork, conditioning trot-sets on varying terrain, and CORRECT long-and-low. The pasterns in the hind have the same issue as the front.
We can't see his hooves from this picture but when shopping for an OTTB, looking at the feet is INTEGRAL. An unexperienced eye (for TBs, specifically) will see what us mere mortals won't.
If you go to see him, please bring a very OTTB-experienced trainer with you. Ex-racehorses are amongst the hardest horses to shop for, because 99% of people don't know what they're looking for with this specific type of horse.
Have you ever worked with a horse straight off the track before? If you haven't, don't do it alone. It's a lot different than working with a greenie. I always recommend that people pass on straight OTTBs until they have assisted a professional with several. You literally cannot learn it alone.

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Yes I have ridden horses straight off the track :)

I once went to look at this 3 year old that was off the track that she completly trained with solid flat work and well I went to look at him and this was at the time I was looking for a horse I really wanted that horse.

I have ridden ottbs that were at my old barn that were really green or just really calm ottbs.


Thanks for that though :)
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I think he'd be great with either hunters or eventing, which ever you'd want him to do. He's a VERY nice looking horse (:
Hopefully he isn't like the OTTB I went to look at, she developed so many bad habits. I'd say since you have atleast a bit of experience with OTTB's he'd be good. I have no experience with them so that's probably why I didn't get along with her.

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OK, just checking. :) I personally think OTTBs are the best thing since sliced bread, and I always advocate experienced riders looking into that option, but then I have to backtrack and make sure that people who would be in over their heads aren't going down that route haha!

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OK, just checking. :) I personally think OTTBs are the best thing since sliced bread, and I always advocate experienced riders looking into that option, but then I have to backtrack and make sure that people who would be in over their heads aren't going down that route haha!
I love TBS :) I ride one and he's awsome.
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