Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The great, white expanse of Maine...ugh!
I agree that there are tooooons of OTTBs out there who have absolutely the perfect temperament to be western trail horses! The thing I love most about OTTBs is that, generally speaking, they are so unbelievably honest - the best kind of partner for any discipline, and awesome for hitting the trails!
The most important thing, if you've never worked with an OTTB before, is to have someone come out with you to look at the horse before you buy, and then to either work with the horse or help you work with the horse. OTTBs are no harder to work with than other young horses, but they are very different - and if you don't know the differences, it'll lead to lots of confusion for you and the horse! So find a friend, trainer, whatever who's done the OTTB thing before. Good luck!
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