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?