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    02-10-2014, 08:24 PM
The term 'OTTB'

In the UK they are called 'ex-racers' and I had never heard the phrase OTTB until I came this side of the pond.

What confuses me is that on this forum I am frequently seeing people typing "an OTTB who never raced". To my mind this is a contradiction in terms because it can only be an Off the Track Thoroughbred if it has been 'on the track' ie raced.

OTTB gives you quick information about breeding, training, and possible physical 'history' which won't apply to a Thoroughbred which hasn't been raced.

Why not just call them TB's? Or Thoroughbred?

Am I being overly pedantic or are people misusing the term OTTB.

Yours, pedantically, SR.
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    02-10-2014, 08:28 PM

Ex-racer could be an ex-barrel racing Horse

Some TB's or Thoroughbred have never raced

So OTTB is well suited for a TB that at one time raced, IMO

    02-10-2014, 08:28 PM
I too was under the impression it meant 'off the track.' Ie: raced.

Maybe they were trained to race but never made it to the track? Not sure.
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    02-10-2014, 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by SouthernTrails    

Ex-racer could be an ex-barrel racing Horse

Some TB's or Thoroughbred have never raced

So OTTB is well suited for a TB that at one time raced, IMO

Yes I'm agreeing that OTTB means a TB that has at one time raced. It's the people that use the term "OTTB that has never raced" instead of "TB" that are causing me consternation.

And yes I agree that on this side of the pond an ex-racer would be confusing. But in the UK there are no barrel racers, so ex-racer is just the term used for thoroughbreds that have raced.

There's a lovely show class called "Racehorse to Riding Horse" which is exclusively for horses that have raced (once or multiple times) and subsequently been rehomed, retrained, and found a new successful career. That's just a bit of by-the-by information though
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    02-10-2014, 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
But in the UK there are no barrel racers, so ex-racer is just the term used for thoroughbreds that have raced.
No Barrel Racing over there?, what fun y'all are missing

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    02-10-2014, 08:37 PM
If someone says "OTTB that never raced", I take that to mean that the horse was in training but never showed the potential to do well in an actual race and so was never actually raced. I would still consider that "off the track" as they have still be trained the same way and would've run on the track in training. Although it could just be that some people are confused and think TB and OTTB are synonymous.
    02-10-2014, 08:38 PM
What I understand is OTTB mean a TB that has a tattoo, trained to race, and may or may not have actually competed in a race. But was still trained and reg for it.

A regular Thoroughbred is on who has never been affiliated with racing.
I would also call a TB that has been born on a race farm but never trained to race a regular Thoroughbred.

So in simple OTTB= Thoroughbred that has been trained to race
    02-10-2014, 08:46 PM
From what I have gathered, an OTTB can be a Thoroughbred who has raced, or one that was trained to race but never made it (wasn't fast enough, health problems, etc.) They may have never been in an official race but they do laps around the track
    02-10-2014, 08:51 PM
I agree with the thought that OTTB refers to a thoroughbred who was trained to race, and a TB is a thoroughbred who wasn't. My horse raced for two years, he's an OTTB. My friend's horse was trained to race, and even though he never did, he's still an OTTB. My trainer has a half sister of my friend's horse, same mother, born on the same farm, but she was never trained to race. She is a plain ol' thoroughbred.
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    02-10-2014, 08:56 PM
Originally Posted by LukeMonster    
What I understand is OTTB mean a TB that has a tattoo....
Sorry, slightly off topic but if a TB has a tattoo that means he was at one point raced or owned/trained by a racing barn? I figured that it was a thing all TBs had OTTB or not but then again I don't work with TBs much!

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