We got our OTTB at 5 yrs. Old, fresh off the track....
Here we are 2 years later, and he is the most respectful and perfect horse, whether doing groundwork, lunge line or just hanging out.
But he was a handful for the first year. All fire and brimstone when he didn't get his way....we nicknamed him "Diablos", spanish for devil.
Now here we are with the same horse, who is almost 7 yrs. Old ,, an OTTB with perfect manners, but even so, he needs to just blow of his energy often. We turn him out to the field and he just goes and goes....you are probably right in thinking some running space would benefit your OTTB!
Because even well trained and respectful OTTBs need time to just let loose sometimes:
Here is our video of a well trained and calm tempered OTTB!!!!
Notice how at the end he is like "OK, I am done now" and goes about his business like all those shenanigans and mad galloping never happened? LOL