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post #1 of 2 Old 10-03-2009, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Buying an OTTB!

okay so in 2 years, when im about 16, id like to be able to buy my own personal horse. I wanna start saving now. I would like to get a project horse i.e. an OTTB. I currently own a 3 year old paint that ive been training.but my dad pays for all of his expenses. so he controls what i do. my paint is really lazy and i wanna move up into thejumper world. So the thought crossed an OTTB. i no 2 years is far away. but better start now.

okay so finally my question is... how much do you pay for a OTTB. i mean like buying wise and medical expenses(if they differ from an non OTTB). and what experience level do i need to have? its kind of a stupid question but i want to know what experience levels people have when buying them. I know OTTB and horses are big commitments and are hard work and i totally understand that and im dedicated. and where could i find one near northern IL. websites please??
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-04-2009, 12:55 PM
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I could go on and on about my OTTB, Denny - he is my heart horse, I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's simply amazing.

In all honesty, the best advice I can give you is to get this book:
("Beyond the Track")
It is written by two women who run a TB rescue, and it is absolutely full of wonderful information.

My next piece of advice is to please have a trainer. Especially if you are new to the H/J world, you shouldn't do it yourself.

With an OTTB, you have to train them from the bottom up basically. They are backed, but don't really know ANYTHING (leg cues or otherwise) that a ridden horse does. Please do not be expecting to jump your OTTB within the first year you own it. That first year should be dedicated to cooling him off from the track (this alone could take a year or more) and then re-schooling him in the basics of dressage.
If you go too quick, your OTTB can get overfaced.

Anyways, that book is absolutely awesome.

Here are some TB rescues:
there is one more that I'm missing..

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography
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