Been forgotten about in a pasture for two years, only thing she could be relied on to do was rear and spin. We had a few hairy moments in the beginning. Behaviour was purely a result of her being unsure of herself and what I was asking her to do.
After lots of patient work she is now one of the quietest TB's I have dealt with - nothing worries her any more. We have done a couple of intro dressage tests and will be doing some more soon, still working on her competition nerves but getting there. Here she is as of December:
I wouldn't per say go straight to the track and pick one up. Because they can be difficult to train just like training any breed of horse. But they're usually not as bad as they are claimed to be. They're a naturally hot breed. For most of them it takes a couple of years to come around, they need time to learn how to become horses instead of machines. Alot of OTTB's around where I live, don't even know how to graze because they're not turned out at all. So it can take some time just to become a pet again. I've ridden alot of OTTB's but never actually re-trained one from scratch on my own. Taken part in the training, but not the initial start of it, so I've never gotten quite a full taste of off the track. But I might be about to partake on the same adventure as you, when it warms up :) A cute little bay gelding that's been off the track since last July, is calling my name! I know alot have hoof/leg problems. The steroids and stuff they get put on ruin their feet. Another thing if you get one literally straight off the track, beware they can be drugged. They seem nice a quiet but after a month or two they wake back up after the drugs wear off. So maybe you could find somebody who's already been off for a year or two and just hasn't been touched yet?
Unrelated comment: Petitepyromaniac I only just realised what your username really is. I guess I have always just skimmed over it and pronounced it in my head as "peppy-romatic" when in actual fact it is far more dramatic than that ha ha
She's been off the track for a while, I only got her in may and the last time she raced was 12/20/03, then she was a broodmare, but they sold her 2 years before I got her and I have no idea where she was after that, but she ended up at new holland auction where I got her, She's was pretty crazy when I got her, very poor ground manners, almost ran me over a few times, but very lovable up my but, wants to rub on me constantly, surprisingly when we started training(4 months after I got her) she responded really well, she's very soft and collects easily and listens to leg and rein aids, so she may have had formal training before she went to auction, She has been off since December because of the bad weather, and I got have an indoor, but hopefully come spring we will pick up where we left off, I had a trainer helping me, but she moved 9 hours away