OTT Thoroughbreds anyone? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 01-12-2009, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: White Mountains, AZ
Posts: 1,887
• Horses: 7
OTT Thoroughbreds anyone?

Has anyone here dealt with a Recently Off The Track Thoroughbred? Would you mind telling me about the horse, problems, and how you dealt with the issues?

Thank you very much!


BluMagic is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 Old 01-12-2009, 09:35 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Denny is an OTTB gelding. He's as good as they come.
I absolutely love TBs. They're amazing athletes. However, they need understanding owners/handlers because they're treated so differently than most horses.

There is an amazing book out there called "BEYOND THE TRACK" that is written by a TB rescue down in the States, and it talks exclusively about off the track thoroughbreds. It's an amazing resource and will answer all your questions and more.

Feel free to PM me or leave more questions here if you'd like..I know there are a few of us OTTB owners on here, they'll probably stop in :)

QuietHeartHorses likes this.

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 01-12-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: White Mountains, AZ
Posts: 1,887
• Horses: 7
Oooo! Sounds good. I might just look that up now. Thanks!

BluMagic is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 01-12-2009, 09:51 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Beyond the Track:

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 01-12-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: White Mountains, AZ
Posts: 1,887
• Horses: 7
Oh wow! Thanks. That sounds excellent after reading the description!

BluMagic is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 01-13-2009, 04:42 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,049
• Horses: 0
My horse is an OTTB but I'm afraid I can't be of much help because I got him a few years after he's been off the track. I've also heard very good things about that book too and would suggest reading it.

Sorry I'm not much help.
mudypony is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 02-16-2009, 10:19 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 52
• Horses: 3
I have had many OTT TB's it really depends on the horse's attitude and your capabilities. Sorry to be useless!

However if it helps I have attached a recent photo of my newest OTT TB gelding, his name is Captain. He is not your average TB he is quite lazy and laid back despite winning a race and placing in the 8 starts he had.

Captain is not much of a fan of turning or collection, however on the few short weeks I have had him continous work he has come up very nicely!

He went for a day out on the weekend and entered show hunter ridden and took out reserve champion not a bad day out!

He is the bay with the rider wearing a grey jacket
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 4trot1.jpg (55.3 KB, 345 views)

Last edited by fireinthedisco; 02-16-2009 at 10:20 PM. Reason: Forgot to add!
fireinthedisco is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 02-17-2009, 01:07 AM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: MD
Posts: 214
• Horses: 3
I looked at quite a few OTTBs before I found Lena, (she's just a TB cross) and I recently bought an OTTB, Gracie, about a month ago! Gracie is the coolest horse- so much personality! She's athletic, intelligent, and ornery! Gracie raced as a 2 year old a few times and she's 4 and a half now, so I've only run into the "taking off" problem once- and that was 100% my fault so I don't even count it as happening. As for other OTTB vices, I THINK she cribs a little bit, (I noticed some chunks out of the wood missing in her stall the other day) but she's not destroying anything- yet. Other than that, Gracie just gets super nervous when she's alone in the barn without any of her friends and paces around in the cross ties, but that's more of her being a youngster than an OTTB. Other than that, she's the most laid back thoroughbred at my barn, even compared to the unraced ones! OTTBs have this stereotype of being hyper, but a good majority are pretty chill horses!
kerplop is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 08:23 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: California (school) and Canada (home)
Posts: 64
• Horses: 3
we have an ottb mare - she is pretty calm and level headed - she does have a thing though, that when she is nervous or upset, she really chomps on the bit and swings around and stamps her hind legs. mostly to take care of that, we just took her around scary objects and encouraged her to look at them, not spin away and avoid them. she is doing much better :)
stsjade is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 03-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Port Augusta, Down Under
Posts: 301
• Horses: 4
mine is not recently OT but we had a few problems like she sticks her head up in the air i just put a cavvason nose band on and she brings it down nicley now
donovan is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How about the Thoroughbreds! Mercury Horse Breeds 47 03-15-2011 01:16 PM
THOROUGHBREDS! rezzi Horse Breeds 62 02-11-2011 08:26 PM
Thoroughbreds kacyponygirl Horse Breeds 27 01-16-2009 12:57 PM
pinto thoroughbreds!?! Jr_lover Horse Breeds 11 02-04-2008 07:21 PM
THOROUGHBREDS ONE MORE TIME :) KrystalDUB Horse Breeds 2 09-11-2007 09:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome