October 30, 2017 at 8:29 amHMoe Original PosterTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 0
I’m 17 and have been riding for about 4 years now and I went to the barn last Monday and saw a beautiful grey horse named Ike and we played around a bit together before and after my less. Ike a 6 yr old 16.1 hand OTTB ended up being one of the canter horses that our barn is retraining then selling. I am absolutely in love with this horse but I’ve really only heard horror stories of people buying OTTBs. I’d be working with my trainer and she would also continue to ride him. I was just wondering possible options with buy-in this horse
Attachments:November 16, 2017 at 4:54 pmOffTrackTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 8
My daughter & I have a love affair with OTTB horses. It is important to work with a trainer who is familiar with their uniqueness coming off the track. My 14 year old daughter is training her new one – a 5 year old who was only off the track a month when she got her. There definitely is a method to training them & finding out what makes them tick, but the rewards are worth every step.December 24, 2018 at 6:12 pmRocknriderTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 5
I have an OTTB that I got after being off the track about a month and restarted myself. I love her so much and won’t give her up for any price. If you’ve seen this horse handled and you feel that your horse handling and ridding ability would be sufficient to work with him I would not discourage you from getting an OTTB. I will say there are a variety of personality types and issues that come with them when you’re talking about thoroughbreds. They can be very challenging even for someone with many years of experience but depending on the TB they can really grow your ability. From experience I can say that one really good ride is worth the frustration of having a ton of really bad rides. Developing consistency with these guys takes some time. Thoroughbreds are always very exciting and fun to ride. That being said they are not always pleasant, they really make you work, and on those days you can still have a lot of fun but you don’t get to relax. Thoroughbreds tend to be very high drive horses and they need a job! So if your goal is to do lots of riding and really put him to work, as well as growing your skill to match the athleticism of the horse, I don’t see any issue. On the other hand if you are only planing on riding once a week and having him be more of a pet you could get yourself into trouble. If you have discussed this with your trainer and they think that this would be a good fit you shouldn’t have to many problems. Also considering that you will have trainer assistance and he will continue to be worked by someone more experienced as long as you are prepared for the commitment of horse ownership and training you’ll be fine. If you think you have the right personality for this horse and you feel like you already have a connection to him and he would be happy in the life you would provide long term then I would say have fun and good luck!
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