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post #11 of 13 Old 08-18-2012, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you all SO much for your help.
My parents are actually agreeing with the idea right now! They said it'd be a great project for my junior/senior years of 4H.. Which is a one or two years away, but I can start learning more now so by then I will be prepared.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the voice at the end of the day that says "I'll try again tomorrow"...
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-19-2012, 12:55 PM
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I have adopted 4 OTTBs. 1 was a bit nuts, but I knew that before I got him! 2 are really laid back and kind and very easy to work with. 1 is amazing, but a little insecure so he needs a confident rider and then he's fine. When you shop, as with any kind of horse, take an experienced horse-person with you to assess their personality, soundness, movement, training, etc.

I would suggest you find a trainer other than Clinton Anderson to emulate, though. Each trainer develops their techniques around a specific type of horse. He works primarily with western types. OTTBs are very sensitive, athletic, energetic and hard-working. They do require a specific type of handling to do well. Their are books, websites, and blogs about training OTTBs. Check them out!
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-19-2012, 01:05 PM
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I have pretty much only owned OTTB's and very few were the stereotype... They are so versatile and great to work with. My current boy is laid back and in reality lazy!!!!!

Here's Raider at a show last weekend.

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