I'm new here, and joined because I'm seeking advice on an OTTB. I've never owned a horse, but I've been riding for nearly 14 years and just started jumping this past summer (I can't believe I didn't start sooner!). I've dealt with a lot of different types of horses, but I've never owned one. I'm currently leasing Flynn, an Appendix, who I really do enjoy! However, we don't jump too high because of his hocks. Money has always been an issue with buying a horse, but I recently found an OTTB and have kind of.. Fallen in love. I'll be attending a university in Kentucky this coming fall, so the board and such would also be a lot cheaper than where I live, plus he could live on the farm at the university so he'd be right there.
Anyways! His name is Call Transfer, his last race was in September of 2011, he's six, and he won near 90k before he finished racing. I have a great trainer and am confident in my abilities, but I thought it would be good to get an opinion from some people who know more about confirmation and have had a past with OTTBs before I bring anything serious to my trainer, or my parents for that matter!
I've been reading up, trying to do my homework on OTTBs, and know that I want one of the "cold blooded" ones. I know they're trained differently, and that would require some time and effort to fix. From what I've read their feet are trimmed very short, and may be bruised so it may be a bit of time before he can be ridden much. Also, I've read a lot of them come with some nutrition issues that need to be cleared up as soon as possible. I'd be looking to use him as a jumper, and probably an eventer during the summer months when I wasn't at school.
His ad was posted in September, and I don't know what he's been doing since then. I don't know if he's working with a trainer, as a lot of CANTER horses do, or if he's still hanging around at the track.
Here's his Pedigree: Call Transfer Horse Pedigree
A video posted with the ad:
"Call Transfer is a flashy 6-year-old dark bay gelding standing 15.1 hands. Chrome lovers take note of this cutie's 3 white socks and beautiful full white blaze. The boy has a nice big walk and will make a good dressage, eventing, or pony club prospect. He has been very successful in his first career as a race horse. He loves to work hard but is not interested in racing anymore and needs a new career.
He has clean legs and is easy to handle in his stall. His trainer says he is easy to ride but is strong to gallop. He is all business and will be sure to turn heads as a show horse. Sport horse lovers, did we mention the impressive big walk on this boy?"
And, of course, some pictures!
I apologize for writing so much, but I figured I should try and get everything out in one post instead of having to write several. Thank you so much for reading, and for any words of wisdom you have for me!