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    08-24-2010, 11:16 PM
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
I just wanted to say that not ALL OTTB's have the mind to "run,run,run". That's a stereotype that is totally untrue of some TB's. You have to treat them all as individuals and evaluate them on an individual basis regardless of the breed stigmas.

I agree. Treat her like the baby that she is.
Yeah, I do not agree with the run, run, run stereotype either. While my OTTB does like to run, (he certainly won his fair share of races) he's also perfectly happy to meander along lazily, roll in the mud, paw in the water, trail ride, jump and trot around like a little show pony. They're all different. Lately I'm finding more good ones than bad. Maybe the psycho is finally being bred out of them.
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    08-26-2010, 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
I just wanted to say that not ALL OTTB's have the mind to "run,run,run". That's a stereotype that is totally untrue of some TB's. You have to treat them all as individuals and evaluate them on an individual basis regardless of the breed stigmas.

I agree. Treat her like the baby that she is.
Definitely agree. I have an older OTTB and work with several younger ones at school. They vary greatly in personality and "rideability". Just like any baby, you watch them and adjust your approach accordingly.

Of course, stereotypes exist for a reason and you do see trends toward "hotness" and bracing against the bit to run wildly but there are always exceptions. Besides, TBs are awesome and have a ton of positive qualities. I'd say get to know this horse a bit if possible and judge her as an individual. Good luck!
    08-30-2010, 11:13 PM
Our barn is 50% off the track. They are all nice calm school horses and show in the hunter ring. They are all different. If they are winning in the ring they arent running like fools. We have and have had over 40 I would say in the past 10 yrs
    08-31-2010, 12:46 PM
I agree with Macabre: its the ones that "dont want to race" that are perfect to retrain. I adopted a 7yo OTTB in March and he will be in his first hunter show soon! He is happy to walk and trot! Also, you will want to just put her in a paddock or field for a while and "let her down". They need to get used to being a plain old horse again, something track horses don't get to do. She likely hasnt socialized in a field with others since being a weanling.

There is a really good book by a lady in Ohio who has an OTTB rescue called "New Vocations" I believe that walks you through the entire OTTB process. I think its called "Beyond the Racetrack". Its really helpful, and I highly recommend it if you get her.
    08-31-2010, 12:48 PM
Ps. I found my guy on CanterUSA.Org On their website, you will find a lot of good info about OTTBs.
    08-31-2010, 03:32 PM
I have many TBs that raced and did well, I had to re train all of them. It took a few seasons but they got the idea that I wante them to turn the barrels and not run up the rail. Now they're all great barrel horses.

It all takes time
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    09-01-2010, 02:06 AM
My OTTB has to be pushed on constantly in canter, I am amazed that he won as much money as he did. I always have to ride with a whip as he is a big lazy mule. So they are not all hot and crazy, it very much depends on the horse.

From my experience, some things the OTTB will likely not know:
How to stand still while being mounted
Standing in a cross tie
How to be ridden at the same time as other horses without getting too excited
How to be lead without prancing, running ahead etc
Obviously then there are the big differences in riding styles

Some things they will be great at:
With the farrier, vet and dentist
Being hosed down or given a bath
Creating a bond, as they are not used to one on one attention from one constant person

None of the things you will have to work on are the fault of the OTTB, as they are doing what they have been asked to do for years and it takes a while to unlearn that. It can be frustrating at times, but it pays to remember that.

I love watching my OTTB when he gets turned out to pasture, he has not raced for a year now, but he still treats the field like it is a whole new and exciting world. In the paddocks he always looks at me, but when he is in the field and I call him, he will move his head but not lift it from the grass, as while he follows me around like a dog most of the time, the 'new' tasty goodness is better than me. :)
    09-07-2010, 11:50 AM
My OTTB has to be pushed in the canter too! Funny to imagine after racing 64 races. I guess he takes retirement very seriously!

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