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I also think you will end up frustrated if you buy an OTTB as a new rider.
When a TB is advertised as sound, they don't mean you will have a horse that is guaranteed to hold up to riding and jumping. What they mean is that they can't see any lameness at the time. Most TBs require a lot of experience to keep tuned up and sound. They are mass-produced, and like any overbred animal are rife with health problems. Most have fragile, small hooves that require a lot of extra maintenance that other horses don't need. For example, this last winter I spent a lot of time dealing with two hoof abscesses on my TB. They have digestive issues from their time at the track eating too much grain, and that also requires expensive treatment to get them healthy.
In my opinion, people who are new to horses should get a horse that is easier to manage and keep healthy, until they learn a lot more about horse health and management.
 
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