Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
There are many people who are fans of OTTBs on this forum but I'm not one of them, so that colours my response. I acknowledge my prejudice.
I don't believe, as a whole, that OTTBs are suitable for a beginner or intermediate rider. There are exceptions but to an inexperienced horse person I think having a no OTTB rule is better than using their limited knowledge to try and pick a good one.
With only two years of real under saddle riding this horse to me would be equivalent to a five year old (broken at 3) of another breed, still what I would call a young, green horse. With it's history it's possible that a year or so was spent with relatively little to no work.
As a lesson horse he's in a very predictable life. With a fair amount of work in a controlled environment he is fine, so are a lot of other horses. However once privately owned he will have less work and more variable handling, new experiences...this is when a horse will show itself.
To me a beginner/intermediate horse should be super reliable. It shouldn't need a trainer present, it shouldn't need to be ridden weekly by a trainer. It should have carted people around for years through all places.
It's not so much that this horse is bad, he actually sounds alright for an OTTB, it's just that there are so many better options out there.
There are some really great, trained, experienced and reliable horses out there, and as a first horse you might only keep them a year or two, but learn so much.