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    08-20-2012, 01:51 AM
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Foal
Horses off the race track.....!

Tell us some of your experiences with OTTB horses and also anyone with standardbred trotters off the track.

We have both sorts currently, the standy has taken a while to settle but today he one amazing little guy...
     
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    08-20-2012, 07:28 AM
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Started
I've had dozens of off track TBs and STBs over the years. Great way to get a decently conformed horse at a low price. I have less access to the market in my current location and miss it.
     
    08-20-2012, 12:20 PM
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Foal
I have two OTTB geldings. One has been off the track for more than a year. He is a fantastic steady mount. The other one ran in his last race less than six weeks ago. He's currently on full turnout learning to relax and be a horse.
     
    08-20-2012, 02:26 PM
  #4
Yearling
I have standardbreds that are failed race horses. They are great horses. Willing to please, often have great ground manners and are very easy to work with. I know a lot of folks will give you grief about them cantering but the can learn to canter just like any other horse has to learn to canter. What do you plan to do with your retired racers?
     
    08-20-2012, 02:51 PM
  #5
Foal
I bred, trained and raced TB's for many years. They went on to successful show careers when they were retired from the track. Know many people who have retired Standardbreds and they are wonderful, usually transfer to being ridden very easily.
     
    08-20-2012, 03:05 PM
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Started
My third horse was an ottb and with the help of a trainer had a great western pleasure/trail horse. If I wanted to ride english I would of had a great jumper mount.

Her only downfall was she loved to gallop its just she wasnt fast enough :P so I always had to work her on the ground before every ride to make sure she had brakes... otherwise I loved letting her loose and getting a good run in. She also was as sweet as my little arab. Just in your lap wants attention and only wanted her human.

I loved that girl :P rip lady baby
     
    08-20-2012, 10:37 PM
  #7
Foal
Hello Folks, thank you for your posts in here..

I have a soft spot for horses that have come off the track... these boys have often been to the moon and back to try and please the racing owners / trainers, then when these folks find said horse is to slow often there prize for this in this country is to go to the dog meat man..especially standardbreds.

I turn my ex race horses out for about a year sometimes and just quietly handle them from time to time over that year..

Very often when a new horse arrives they are scared and spooky to say the least..

Once these boys have been retrained and feel as if they finally have a home, often with time they make darn fine riding horses..

T/Breds often have free moving gaits and I love riding this style..

Nothing like a good gallop along the beach on a 17 hander for 10 kilometres flat out.... what a buzz.....!

They love this and at times just want to keep going..lol

Tomorrow is Wednesday here in NZ and Wed is the day I float two horses down the our local beach for a ride..

Inside the beach line is a large forest with lots of narrow horse trails winding in and out of the trees for about 22 kilometres before the beach. Each one of our horses love this section and its a bit of a mission hanging on cantering along in and out weaving along the trail. Often the horses get quiet excited and want to go faster and faster...yee haaaaaa..lol

I generally take two horses down there and the other one is turned loose and its a race half the time between them.. especially along the beach...

Let me tell you it doesnt take long to get to the other end where we turn off..

This is what ex race horses are about for me... speeeeeeeed..lol

Tony goes and hides behind a large tree as he pushes the below button to post this.. I seem to draw a bit of flack at times from folks on here..lol
     
    08-20-2012, 10:47 PM
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Trained
I've had QH's off the track but no TB's personally. I have, however, worked with quite a few OTTB's at the barn.

Most of them really aren't very bad. Difficult, a little hot, but all in all pretty willing and athletic animals.

We did have one or two though that have been absolutely off their rockers. They were hard to get turn into reliable horses. However, in the end, one went to become an excellent barrel horse for her experienced owner and the colt went to a three day eventing barn. I'm not entirely sure if he competed or not but they seemed real excited about him.

I do prefer Appendix QH's though, especially in my line of expertise which is barrel racing, cowhorse, reining, etc. I love the speed they have while sprinting.
     
    08-20-2012, 10:57 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I've had QH's off the track but no TB's personally. I have, however, worked with quite a few OTTB's at the barn.

Most of them really aren't very bad. Difficult, a little hot, but all in all pretty willing and athletic animals.

We did have one or two though that have been absolutely off their rockers. They were hard to get turn into reliable horses. However, in the end, one went to become an excellent barrel horse for her experienced owner and the colt went to a three day eventing barn. I'm not entirely sure if he competed or not but they seemed real excited about him.

I do prefer Appendix QH's though, especially in my line of expertise which is barrel racing, cowhorse, reining, etc. I love the speed they have while sprinting.
Nice post... my wife has a 14.2 6 yr old Q/H, also... smilies.. I am not allowed to ride it as my wife says I ride it too fast and when she hops on it still just wants to go..
Like the T/B s the Q/H has lovely forward moving gaits and as you will know. Turns on a dime even at quite fast speed.... one needs to be hanging on when he turns..lol

Horses are such fun....!
     

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