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I wouldn’t and I’ve been riding a while. OTTBs are fairly common in my area and the joke is that they are high maintenance. From what I have seen, they tend to need extra supplements and blankets in winter etc. The ones I have seen also have issues you have to work around, ear sensitivity from something or other done at the track or cribbing or stiffness from old track injuries etc. If you’ve ever seen racing, it looks pretty hard on the body and I’m not sure I would want a horse that is accustomed to the way they are handled at the track. In the sales ads they often say, never raced etc and that would be a plus but even then many of those horses are stalled from a young age.

My recommendation would be a quarter horse - generally easy going and fairly hardy. I know a few people who have found quarter horses and that path has seemed to be less stress than with the OTTB. Of course it comes down to the individual horse and the circumstance.
 
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