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post #1 of 31 Old 04-27-2016, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Buying an OTTB

I am in the market for an OTTB. I have worked with them before and am familiar with the breed. This would be my first thoroughbred that I have ever owned but I did full lease one for over a year and a half and was responsible for the board, farrier and vet fees and care of the horse so I am familiar with that aspect as well. I am just looking to broaden my search as I have checked CANTER listings and looked at Fairmount Racetrack and nothing has particularly caught my eye yet. I live in IL about 5 and a half hours from Lexington so anything from there would be a drive but for the right horse it would be worth it. What organizations have you guys adopted/bought your OTTBs from? What were your experiences with it? What was your budget when looking? Any info on the process you guys went through would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Buying a fresh of the track TB is a very different experience than a leased tb that has had all the time and training done to bring them around and turn them from fresh on the muscle racehorses to an amateur friendly riding horse. Please realize that it is a lot of work and often involves $, blood,tears and a lot of sweat equity.

Many racehorses have some serious wear and tear on their bodies so make sure you do a good PPE to make sure the horse will be able to hold up for what you want them to do in their second career.

I have had many friends get way over their heads either overhorsed or with an injured horse after buying straight from the track if they didn't really pay attention.

New Vocations is a good program that does some of the vetting out and temperament testing, but you still are getting a very green horse. So go in with your eyes wide open! Good luck!
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post #3 of 31 Old 04-27-2016, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I've dealt with a few greenies although most of them had already been properly let down before I started with them. The guy I leased did not know much but his personality wasn't of the typical racehorse. I also failed to mention that I will be working with my trainer who has both bred and retrained racehorses for probably longer than I've been alive :)
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We own an OTTB and he was sold through a track in Chicago. Chicago isn't any closer for you, but there might be more options there.
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post #5 of 31 Old 04-28-2016, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Did you get him through Hawthorne? I have a few connections there so I will keep an eye out!
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This place always has several thoroughbreds listed on petfinder. I have never dealt with them so I don't know anything about them.

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Thank you! I will check them out :)
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Please just stay away from Thoroughbred Sport Horses LLC like your life depends on it. Just say no to the shiny website and videos.

I highly recommend New Vocations, any of the Turning For Home satellites (although they're based in the NE), and ReRun. I've also heard some VERY good things about the newer management of Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.

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Definitely check out New Vocations! They are a highly reputable adoption organization and know the history on all of their horses. They would not steer you wrong!
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Did you get him through Hawthorne? I have a few connections there so I will keep an eye out!
We didn't buy him directly from the track; he had a couple of owners in between. John Haran was his breeder/trainer.
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