Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Well I guess that depends on what exactly you're expecting.....I got my OTTB for 500 dollars, and he needed to be fattened up, reconditioned to improve his build a little bit, and also trained in the art of riding. He is 11 years old, but has been on the track all of his life--so I got a very very stable green broke horse.
For 400 dollars, you can definitely expect work, lol. For the slimming down process, look at what his current diet is--up his roughage and knock his grain down a little. Stick with a lot of walking and trotting and transitions....Make him go from trotting to a dead stop, for instance. If you can build up his muscle, that will also burn more calories/fat. There's no reason why you can't ride him three times a week as soon as you get him--it just won't be as long or as hard as you want it to be. In fact, the more often you work him (for the first six weeks, I worked my gelding daily) the easier it will be to bring him down to three days a week of medium to heavy work.