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        01-08-2013, 11:30 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I like both but would look at the mare for what you want to do :)
         
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        01-08-2013, 11:34 PM
      #12
    Foal
    If a horse was never actually started at the track, but was galloped and worked in the gate, I assume that would lead to having the same issues as a horse that actually did race? Or would it be different?

    But then I wonder if she's six, why did they gallop her/work her in the gate for multiple years and never actually race her?
         
        01-09-2013, 04:38 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    The need to gallop may not be as ingrained in her as she hasnt actualy raced.

    They may have had soundness issues with her, she may have been a late foal, she may have had a poor start, she may just have not been fast enough. I'd certainly be asking them why if you are still interested.
         
        01-09-2013, 09:32 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Thank you so much for all of the replies!
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        01-10-2013, 11:15 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    He looks slightly over at the knees, which is common in some horses, but his knees would weaken over time. The key to finding a good OTTB is a vet check! Also, many trainers are liars and are in it for the money. Some drug the horses with untraceable drugs which calm them down while you trailer them and bring them home, before they go ballistic once the drugs where off. You have to be VERY careful choosing one.
         
        01-11-2013, 09:07 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Why not look at horses available for sale/adoption from trainers or organizations which take horses from the track and "restart" them for other disciplines? This would allow you to try riding the horse before you buy (you can't do this at the racetrack) and you would get to see the horse walk, trot, canter and likely even jump before you purchased so you would be able to make a much more informed decision.
         
        01-12-2013, 05:54 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Subbing, I'm also looking into getting an OTTB. I'm meeting him next week. Does anyone have any more info on how they are trained for the track? What is involved in retraining them?
         
        01-12-2013, 05:59 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Just wanted to share this. This website is a large OTTB rescue, I believe they take them straight from the track and bring them to one of their locations (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky) and being retraining process. I found this specific page "Thoroughbred Tips" funny and informative Thoroughbred Tips | New Vocations
    For example, it explains how most OTTBs have never been on cross-ties, they are normally just tied to a wall. And how for racing thoroughbreds, grooming isn't a gentle process.
         
        01-12-2013, 06:26 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
    Subbing, I'm also looking into getting an OTTB. I'm meeting him next week. Does anyone have any more info on how they are trained for the track? What is involved in retraining them?
    I'm sorry, but if you are asking that question, then maybe you're not ready to take one on.

    I would suggest that you should research their training and the retraining before you go and see one, fall in love, and end up in a bad situation. I can't help with the specific question, because I have never trained, or retrained a racehorse, I have ridden plenty and they can go on to make great mounts, but you need the skill and experience to help them through the transition.

    OP, I like the grey far better than your first choice, in fact I really like the grey
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        01-13-2013, 02:53 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustWingIt    
    Just wanted to share this. This website is a large OTTB rescue, I believe they take them straight from the track and bring them to one of their locations (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky) and being retraining process. I found this specific page "Thoroughbred Tips" funny and informative Thoroughbred Tips | New Vocations
    For example, it explains how most OTTBs have never been on cross-ties, they are normally just tied to a wall. And how for racing thoroughbreds, grooming isn't a gentle process.
    Thanks!! That was really helpful! That's exactly what I was looking for. I've never had an interest in racing thoroughbreds, so I have never researched it in the least. I have been looking for a new lesson horse, and my BO has a friend who is an exercise rider for racing TBs about 7 hours away that has a gelding she wants to find a good home for . She seems to think he would be a wonderful lesson horse, so much so that she is willing to bring him to the barn where I teach so I can try him for a while and see how he is. The BO knows the full extent of my capabilities as well as trusts this persons judgement regarding horses. She says he is calm and easy going, rides on a loose rein, moves off your leg, and does lead changes well. I admittedly have reservations using one for a lesson horse, which is why I'm asking :) thanks to everyone who was helpful and informative!
         

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