Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper
It is CRUCICAL you do not get too nervous on an OTTB. They feel energy very easy.. Calm is key. Sit up straight, and be patient with them as they are not fast learners.
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I want to disagree with this last statement. I just recently bought an OTTB with little training and she's understanding leg and seat cues within maybe 2 hours of working on them. She learned to drop her head within one ride because I wasn't going to yank on her mouth. Her kicking is a rare occurance within a month, she hasn't bit more than once.
She calmed down tied and dropped her head within 3 days of tying. And she went from running away from me in the pasture to either walking to me or waiting for me within a week.
Majority of OTTBs are NOT slow learners, I believe them to be (majority, not just mine) very fast learners.
As long as you have the experience to possibly fix tying, kicking, etc issues that the horse may have, I'd say to go for an OTTB. This mare is my first and I've fallen in love with them.
I also bought the mare under note that she was a very hard keeper and they had her on free choice hay and 5-8lbs of racing horse feed. I took her off the grain and stuck her out to pasture with free choice hay. She's gaining like a monster. She's going to look like a QH aside from her knees and face when she finishes filling out. Posted via Mobile Device