View Full Version : Need Advice/Opinion on OTTB.

Preposterous Ponies!
Aug. 3, 2011, 09:03 PM
So I'm considering buying my first horse. However, I do have 10+ years of horse experience, much of it working with OTTBs. I would like to do mostly flat work, with a bit of jumping. I'm looking for a pleasure mount.

This is the mare I am considering:


She is very, very quiet. Walked onto the trailer without hesitation, took to crossties like a pro, picked up her feet easily and just behaved like an all around angel. She was a bit girthy and doesn't like having her ears touched - but bridling and haltering her is no issue. I got on her today (second day at new farm) and did a bit of walk trot. She was looky but sensible - amazing since she just raced last week!

My one reservation is that her fetlocks got a bit puffy after racing - this is why her owners decided to stop racing her. She is sound and has (apparently) always been sound; it was just a bit of puffiness. I inspected her legs several times today and they were fine - no swelling, no heat. She ran around like a maniac during turnout, so I imagine if there was something to be concerned about it would have shown.

So any thoughts on her fetlocks (is this common in racing TBs?) and on her breeding or conformation would be greatly appreciated.

Aug. 3, 2011, 09:40 PM
Nothing intelligent to add, but what sweet feminine eyes. Bet she is a very affectionate horse if given the opportunity!

Aug. 3, 2011, 09:59 PM
I always thought that Cozeene was one of the most gorgeous horses God ever put on this earth..lots of racing horses have "ankles". Some horses have no problem with them, others do, depending on size and location. Have a vet check them out before you purchase her. Since you mostly want to do low impact stuff, I suspect it will work out fine for you. However, better to be safe than sorry, I would get an vet opinion.

Aug. 3, 2011, 10:10 PM
She Will Be Just Fine Enjoy Her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They will remodel and get better w/ time off....

Aug. 3, 2011, 10:45 PM
She's adorable!

There is almost nothing on this planet as taxing on a horse as racing, even at it's lowest levels. So if she is sound now, I wouldn't worry too much about the ankles. As Tradewind said, you can always do a PPE and get the vet's opinion.

Preposterous Ponies!
Aug. 3, 2011, 11:01 PM
This is all very reassuring so far! Thanks guys!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/LaPiedra/226096_10150726854190453_757160452_19883201_832261 7_n.jpg

This is me walking around on her for the first time. It was her second day at the farm which is primarily a standardbred race facility. It was her first day seeing standardbreds being jogged. I was riding right beside the track while STBs were being jogged. So much for thoroughbred chestnut mares being crazy, eh? :P She was just amazing!

I'm totally in love - she's a cuddle bug and so sensible and calm! being chestnut, throughbred and a mare certainly helps too (my favourite combo)! But I'm trying to think (at least a little bit) with my head, not my heart.

Aug. 4, 2011, 11:16 AM
What a cutie! And her daddy is a stunner too, wow! Puffy ankles is a good, honest reason a trainer would say it was time to move a horse on to another career. The joint capsules just can't take racing pounding well anymore, and should be just fine for any other career. The same ownership has had her throughout her career so they probably have no other motive save finding her a good home. As another who has a chestnut thoroughbred mare, I hope you take her! :)

Aug. 4, 2011, 12:00 PM
GREAT pedigree. Lucky stocks up a bit in the ankles sometimes but it doesn't seem to bother him much. It wouldn't worry me if she jogs sound as you're not going to do anything as stressful as racing.

Pretty mare, kind eye, well-bred, you like her behavior? I say take her.

Preposterous Ponies!
Aug. 4, 2011, 08:14 PM
Well, it looks like it is pretty much all systems "go" at the moment. Fingers crossed!

jengersnap - You are absolutely right about her owners. My friend got a TB from them as well and he is just darling. Same easy going personality as this mare, pretty much broke when you get them, and the owners disclose everything. Exactly the way horsepeople should act! They really have the horse's best interest at heart. :D

Aug. 4, 2011, 08:47 PM
One of ours came to us with puffy ankles. A winter of turnout in deep snow, and that spring you'd never know there was ever an issue!
Go for it, she's lovely!

Aug. 4, 2011, 08:53 PM
You look really nice on her by the way...I think you are going to be very happy with her.

Aug. 4, 2011, 09:33 PM
The redheaded mare strikes again! She's a keeper.

Aug. 5, 2011, 12:11 PM
You make the perfect pair! OTTBs with sometimes puffy ankles are common and it would definitely NOT be a deal-breaker to me. I bet with turnout and time she will never swell again.

Aug. 6, 2011, 03:11 AM
She looks and sounds wonderful. Hope you two have a future of wonderful adventures. I have a chestnut OTTB mare and she is the best!!!

Justa Bob
Aug. 6, 2011, 04:02 AM
Ya'll are just a bunch of enablers! She's gorgeous and so are the two of you. Lot's of great advice about her ankles here. If you are concerned, get a PPE from a vet experienced with track horses. Hope she works out (you keep her), best wishes!

Preposterous Ponies!
Aug. 6, 2011, 12:14 PM
She's mine!!!!! :D

Thanks everyone!

Aug. 6, 2011, 01:29 PM
Congratulations!! Welcome to the Thoroughbred Chestnut Mare Club!

Justa Bob
Aug. 6, 2011, 02:34 PM
She's mine!!!!! :D

Thanks everyone!

Pictures! Congratulations! :):):)

Aug. 6, 2011, 06:04 PM
Good for you!

Preposterous Ponies!
Aug. 6, 2011, 11:37 PM
More pictures! They're just of her grazing but you can see what a knock out she is!

Her gorgeous bum:

Hanging out with her new BFF:

Just a pretty picture:

Face shot in her stall:

Justa Bob
Aug. 7, 2011, 02:06 AM
They're just of her grazing but you can see what a knock out she is!

Wow! Perfect! Best wishes.

Aug. 7, 2011, 09:45 PM
I would just like to say to everyone who owns a chestnut TB Mare, they are the best! I have the bumper sticker to prove it :) I have one and she is my baby, never raced but i've had her since she was 3, now 9, and it broke my heart that she was diagnosed with arthritis in her fetlock. There is never a dull moment and they will be yours for life.

Aug. 7, 2011, 10:31 PM
Congrats ... I totally love my OTTB (although he is not a chestnut mare :)). He is so intelligent, so inquisitive, so handsome. I wouldn't trade him for the best warmblood in all of Germany (and I really mean that!) :)

Aug. 7, 2011, 11:03 PM
Yay! Have fun with her!

Aug. 8, 2011, 12:54 PM
LOVE a good OTTB story, congratulations on your new best friend!