Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
So you say that your gut is telling you something is off, but what about her gut? Its going to be her horse after all. The third or so horse I went out to go look at was an OTTB, and I immediately knew that he was the one I wanted. Everyone else told me I shouldn't, but buying him was probably the best decision I could have made. He's certainly taught me more than I've taught him. I'm guessing this horse has never seen the track? Perhaps she had the professional rider/is selling him because she has back problems and maybe can't hoist herself up....the woman I bought my guy from knew nothing of his riding capability because she had a severe foot injury that put her in a cast for six months, and that's why she was selling him; he was just sitting in a pasture.
Most OTTB's will require a lot of patience and they will lean on you to tell them what they're doing is okay---its kind of the nature of a thoroughbred to want to do everything right. Since he's only five, I'm going to assume he will also need a LOT more hours under saddle before he starts being trained in whatever discipline she wants him to be trained in. If she has the time and the patience, I say go for it. Just get the written contract, and she's all set. The worst that could happen is he's a complete ditz and she decides to return him.