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My first canter on my new OTTB :)

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    04-21-2012, 02:54 AM
I feel silly asking this, but what is an OTTB? I know what a TB is but I have never heard of an OTTB before. Oh, your horse looks really nice.
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    04-21-2012, 02:58 AM
Off the track thoroughbreds.
Most time retired, retrained racers :)
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    04-21-2012, 03:19 AM
Thanks for that. Could I call my retired racer standardbred an OTSB? Thanks.
    04-21-2012, 08:45 PM
Hmm... I have no idea.. I guess so?
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    04-22-2012, 09:20 AM
I had this moment with my boy a few weeks ago! Never had ridden his canter, we went to PC and were out in a big paddock/parking area for our flatwork. Instructor asked if we wanted to canter and I went 'what the hell!" Asked for it, got both legs correct, and pulled up really easy :) That was his 5th ride after coming off the track! (after a 12 month spell)

The he had a few weeks off from an infection caused by tick bites.

Our second canter was a few days ago, out in the 10ac paddock.. We got video proof!
    04-22-2012, 04:03 PM
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I don't think my TB is OT but boy, he has a nice ride!! Best kept secret around!!!
    04-22-2012, 04:10 PM
One of the differences is the difference in feed. The public sees TBs on track and they see these horses that are prancing and dancing and sidestepping...of course they are..they are pumped up on high test feed that is like feeding rocket fuel. When they come off that type of feed, their true gaits come out.

Sure, we need to ge them to understand they are no longer in competition and my boy does feed off of other horses cantering around andhe does remember his track days as when the dressagepanels are set up in our outdoor arena, it makes the arena look like a racing oval, but, other than popping into an easy canter coming around the corner occasionally, he doesn't get fast.

Most love to canter..for them it is a most natural gait and believe it or not, relaxing for them.

It does make the heart glow though doesn't it?
    04-22-2012, 04:13 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
WOW-A comfy canter on an OTTB!! My OTTB had a canter that was like riding a ship in a storm.
(tongue in cheek) depends on the type of ship :)
    04-23-2012, 10:33 PM
They have such a smooth, flat, graceful canter. It really is a blast to ride! I also think that OTTB get such a bad rep. Sure, some of them are super hot but they have also seen EVERYTHING and can be some of the sanest and most level headed horses ever!
    04-25-2012, 08:42 PM
Your horse is beautiful in your profile picture! :) Just thought i'd let you know... AND what a great story! I can't wait until I finally get a horse of my own. Consider yourself very lucky to not only have a horse, but the perfect one! I wish you the best!
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