Opinions on an OTTB
I'm new here, and joined because I'm seeking advice on an OTTB. I've never owned a horse, but I've been riding for nearly 14 years and just started jumping this past summer (I can't believe I didn't start sooner!). I've dealt with a lot of different types of horses, but I've never owned one. I'm currently leasing Flynn, an Appendix, who I really do enjoy! However, we don't jump too high because of his hocks. Money has always been an issue with buying a horse, but I recently found an OTTB and have kind of.. Fallen in love. I'll be attending a university in Kentucky this coming fall, so the board and such would also be a lot cheaper than where I live, plus he could live on the farm at the university so he'd be right there.
Anyways! His name is Call Transfer, his last race was in September of 2011, he's six, and he won near 90k before he finished racing. I have a great trainer and am confident in my abilities, but I thought it would be good to get an opinion from some people who know more about confirmation and have had a past with OTTBs before I bring anything serious to my trainer, or my parents for that matter!
I've been reading up, trying to do my homework on OTTBs, and know that I want one of the "cold blooded" ones. I know they're trained differently, and that would require some time and effort to fix. From what I've read their feet are trimmed very short, and may be bruised so it may be a bit of time before he can be ridden much. Also, I've read a lot of them come with some nutrition issues that need to be cleared up as soon as possible. I'd be looking to use him as a jumper, and probably an eventer during the summer months when I wasn't at school.
His ad was posted in September, and I don't know what he's been doing since then. I don't know if he's working with a trainer, as a lot of CANTER horses do, or if he's still hanging around at the track.
Here's his Pedigree: Call Transfer Horse Pedigree
A video posted with the ad:
"Call Transfer is a flashy 6-year-old dark bay gelding standing 15.1 hands. Chrome lovers take note of this cutie's 3 white socks and beautiful full white blaze. The boy has a nice big walk and will make a good dressage, eventing, or pony club prospect. He has been very successful in his first career as a race horse. He loves to work hard but is not interested in racing anymore and needs a new career.
He has clean legs and is easy to handle in his stall. His trainer says he is easy to ride but is strong to gallop. He is all business and will be sure to turn heads as a show horse. Sport horse lovers, did we mention the impressive big walk on this boy?"
And, of course, some pictures!
I apologize for writing so much, but I figured I should try and get everything out in one post instead of having to write several. Thank you so much for reading, and for any words of wisdom you have for me!
I don't like his legs much. They are very spindly, without much bone. His fetlocks are long and really slender, he is tied in behind the knee, and something else is going on in the front legs, maybe over at the knee. His cannons are long - not exactly a fault, but not desirable either. He has very sharkfin withers, which could make saddle fit interesting for you. He is quite downhill in balance, which is not desirable for jumping either.
To be honest, I would pass him over. For what you want to do, I don't think he is going to excel at, and I wouldn't settle for something that can't meet your wants. There are plenty of good horses out there.
I'd pass him over too and agree with everything that Chiilaa said about his legs, particularly the back legs.
He's a classic hi/low hoof wise. His left front is underrun and flat while his right front is a mild club foot. A GOOD farrier can make it more than manageable. Doesn't seem to affect the way he moves much. It's common in TBs. His neck seems a little short compared to his body, but I'm used to looking at my guy who's neck is very long. Ultimately it comes down to if he has a good mind. If he's got that curious nature to him and that puppy dog personality, he's probably worth considering.
Thank you for replying! Clearly, I know nothing about conformation; I should really look into that.
This horse looks a lot different. Considering the analysis of the last horse, maybe that's a good thing? Going off of what you said.. Her legs look as if they're thicker (so they have more bone?) but her back looks kind of off to me? Or maybe I'm totally wrong. I'll pick up some conformation books. :-P
The angle that photo has been taken from is throwing the perspective a little. Her legs look much better than the gelding's. Her back does look a little roached maybe? But I think that might be the angle of the photo, and the optical illusion caused by her dapples. She is definitely one I would go look at though.
That metal bar behind her could be giving the optical illusion of an "odd" back. She definitely has more substance to her legs with shorter cannon bones than the other guy.
The Gray Rose
There's a photo on there that's smaller, and enlarged below but kind of awkward, that shows her back from a different angle. It looks better, I think?
If you have never reschooled an OTTB, keep in mind the longer they race the harder they are to get the track and the routine out of them. By six it is pretty ingrained. This may be more than you are willing to take on. You may be enjoying a canter and next thing you know Dobbin thinks he's back at the track and running his heart out.
I like the gelding colouring, but you can not go off of that when buying a horse, personaly, I would not buy a TB or OTTB, but thats just me, as I go for quarter horses. In the field you want to go in, I would choose a TB, or OTTB.
The grey is much better then the gelding. In the show ring, she has the looks, the better conformation, and if she has the attitude, I would choose her.
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