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KateMcCall
Jul. 17, 2012, 07:40 PM
I was going to wait a couple months to post this because I wont be looking for a new horse for a while. (I'm about to move from Florida to Utah)
But I am pretty excited and I just couldn't wait.

Some of you may have seen my post in the Sport Horse Breeding, about possibly wanting to breed my mare. After a lot of thinking and a lot of expert opinions I decided not to go that route.
Several people have recommended looking for OTTB's as a young Eventing project, so I have been looking around the CANTER website.
I think I am falling in love! This is a big change for me because I have been riding mostly Warmbloods.
I have only ridden a few OTTB's in my life, and now that I think about it, all of the ones I have been around are really great horses!
I have searched the forum and done a lot of reading so I think I know most of the general things to look for when looking at an OTTB to buy. (but I will also be getting help from my trainer, who has evented OTTBs when the time comes)

I would love to see any photos or hear stories of the COTH members OTTBs or if anyone happens to see an ad for something that is what I want to look for, please share!
:D

maxxtrot
Jul. 17, 2012, 08:09 PM
i just bought two one is here already and is w/t/c and started over small jumps. he last raced on april 7th. a total doll, grey 16.1-16.2 and easy, sweet and smart. really quiet too, reminds me of a baby wb.
the other will be here friday from the track.
i have been buying and selling tb all of my life, no better horse in the world.if you are going to buy from the track, please do take someone that knows what they are doing and knows the right questions to ask. good luck

judybigredpony
Jul. 17, 2012, 09:01 PM
This guy last ran 6/29/12 picked him up 3 days later.
Already w/t/c and jumping basic like he never saw a race track in his life. Super quiet step on and walk off easy.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Plain-Bays/171491589548436#!/photo.php?fbid=436005339763725&set=a.214829581881303.58665.171491589548436&type=1&theater

Welcome to our world..............and good luck..............Enjoy

bornfreenowexpensive
Jul. 17, 2012, 10:14 PM
This is my current girl (in one of her first xc schools). She's a blast to ride and more jump than I'll need. She hasn't been the most easy to restart but not too hard either. We are taking our time with her but expect to have her out eventing more this fall. Trouble is going to be keeping her as my ride...and not my trainers who wants her too;) I have 2 others as well...(just not pictures handy). Even though I'm breeding event horses and have some very VERY fancy WB crosses...I'll always have at least one or two OTTBs and they are typically more often my type of ride.

Derby Lyn Farms
Jul. 17, 2012, 10:25 PM
I get lots of OTTB's, and some TBs that were youngin's pulled out of the field, never registered or tattooed and sent to auction.

Here is a 4 year old that I pulled out of the kill pen. I started him under saddle. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/Capture.png

Gelding off of Canter "The Real Story"
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/realstorytrot.jpg

Mare I pulled out of kill pen, "You're Outta Here"
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/sissytrot2-1.jpg
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/sissyfreejump.jpg

Mare from Canter, "Win for Erin"
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/winner.jpg

Gelding off the track, sorry can't think of his name right now!
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/meccatrot3.jpg

Gelding off the track, called him Matlock http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/Matlock.jpg

Gelding I picked up for free! My personal show horse http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/arcticcielo/logjump.png

Sorry so many! I can't help it.

Mukluk
Jul. 17, 2012, 11:29 PM
I love my OTTB. She is beautiful, athletic, sensible, smart, and very sweet. She is very fun to ride.

trafalgar
Jul. 17, 2012, 11:44 PM
I am so so happy to see this enthusiasm for the OTTBs...Tbs are such a wonderful breed and those x racers need homes so badly.

netg
Jul. 18, 2012, 10:28 AM
My OTTB was a giveaway off the track by some great horse people who make a good home for their horses their top priority. He evented through Training with the people I bought him from and is now my straight dressage horse because he never took the initiative cross country to show he'd be really suited to running upper level even though he's schooled advanced stuff. He just never seemed to love the cross country like you want them to, though he still was going clear easily.
Anyway, I was looking for a dressage horse, and he can move a little:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/599942_837080446916_1071004833_n.jpg
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/246587_837081749306_2041133335_n.jpg
I should point out that this was his warmup trot - first few circles of the arena before he was really engaged...

Every once in a while he gets to jump with my trainer. This is really too low for him to put much effort in, but it was his first gymnastic in something like a year and a half and he was learning how to use his new power and still shorten to fit himself in, since he suddenly found jumping easier than ever after his collected dressage work!
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/576723_837082143516_530258518_n.jpg

He is apparently happier as a dressage horse than he's ever been - being told where to put each hoof suits him. He does still enjoy jumping, though, and the higher the better. But seeing how hard he bucks if my trainer gets him to the wrong distance coming in to a jump now or if he brushes a jump... I have no desire to jump him over more than crossrails! He's by far the single most athletic horse I have ever been around and he has a HUGE motor. Super smart, and the best method of training is ask again if he does something wrong, and say "good boy" if he does something right. I have to be careful with the praise, because if I say it on something which isn't exactly how I want him to do it.. too bad, he's going to do it again the same way now that I told him it was good! He also practices dressage out in his pen, for a while it was leg yield/shoulder in/renvers sequences, and lately it's collected trot/medium trot transitions. Now that he has desert vegetation in his pen he also does a lot of jumping bushes and small trees for fun. This is a horse who is ill-suited for an owner who keeps him in a stall and only rides a few times a week, but given the chance to let out his excess energy he has more focus and drive to get things right than any horse I've ever been around. Just an absolute pleasure to be around.

Beam Me Up
Jul. 18, 2012, 10:39 AM
I love OTTBs too--my faves! I have 3 now, have had many others in the past.
Pics of a few on the link on my sig.

I have been window shopping too--I love CANTER (1 of my 3 came through those listings--the volunteers at CANTER PA really helped me out). But I have to sell one before I can buy.

Jleegriffith
Jul. 18, 2012, 11:02 AM
I just love them! I bought one of my retraining projects that I was working with from CANTER MA for myself because he was just plain fun! His name is Letterman's Humor. A cool stakes horse that retired from the track at age 8. He is sort of a cranky quirky type of horse but man on man is he fun and athletic. I call him my just go have fun horse. Paper chase, trail ride, event and just be silly. I can pull him out once a month and he is the same if ridden every day.

I just bought a resale project from Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue named Senor Chili. He is super cute and has an amazing temperament. I haven't been on him yet but can't wait.

I retrain for CANTER MA (CANTER owned horses) and have a steady stream of ottb's coming through the barn. We put a good deal of mileage on them before advertising them. Just when they get going really nicely they sell and I start all over again:lol: I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

Find the right ottb and you will never go back;)

echodecker
Jul. 18, 2012, 11:13 AM
Check out TPRs horses too! We always have several looking for new homes, some are FTGH and others for an adoption fee.

Available horses are in the Off Track, On Track and Looking For a Home tabs...

Good luck!

www.goodhorse.org

KateMcCall
Jul. 18, 2012, 11:27 AM
Thanks everyone for sharing!!! you all have such beautiful horses and I looked at all of your links :)
Unfotunately I dont think I could afford to ship a horse very far so I am looking for ones only in California, Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

PrinceSheik325
Jul. 18, 2012, 11:33 AM
While we're all sharing, here's my OTTB, Tango :):

http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh486/Skichamonix515/

He's a great-great-great grandson of War Admiral and after racing in California, made his way to Virginia. We started in hunters and have been eventing together for years. Can you believe he's 21? All of these pictures were taken within the last 2 years, but we've been partners since 1998. When I first got him, everyone said he was too crazy to event. Well, we showed them! :)

gr8fulrider
Jul. 18, 2012, 11:44 AM
I love OTTBs and am so glad people are starting to recognize how great they are.

6-year-old OTTB mare four months into sport horse training:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/400926_3110843332133_1608275854_n.jpg

12-year-old OTTB gelding (belongs to my trainer). Dressage judges think he's a warmblood:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/426960_3484084622932_1085762319_n.jpg

6-year-old OTTB mare I just bought (from Judybigredpony!). This was my second ride on her-- right after she had a three-month vacation and only 5 weeks of pro training before that:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/425377_4258698307790_184115869_n.jpg

As wonderful as they are, they still green, young, and forward-thinking. They're not for everybody. The best thing to do is get to know them and decide from there.

Have fun!

Edited to say-- Most sound TBs have a really good canter. That's great because you can always improve the trot, the canter less so. With mine, I tend to get into the canter earlier in my ride than I did with WBs and that's what gets things going well.

KateMcCall
Jul. 18, 2012, 12:06 PM
I love OTTBs and am so glad people are starting to recognize how great they are.

6-year-old OTTB mare four months into sport horse training:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/400926_3110843332133_1608275854_n.jpg

12-year-old OTTB gelding (belongs to my trainer). Dressage judges think he's a warmblood:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/426960_3484084622932_1085762319_n.jpg

6-year-old OTTB mare I just bought (from Judybigredpony!). This was my second ride on her-- right after she had a three-month vacation and only 5 weeks of pro training before that:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/425377_4258698307790_184115869_n.jpg

As wonderful as they are, they still green, young, and forward-thinking. They're not for everybody. The best thing to do is get to know them and decide from there.

Have fun!

Edited to say-- Most sound TBs have a really good canter. That's great because you can always improve the trot, the canter less so. With mine, I tend to get into the canter earlier in my ride than I did with WBs and that's what gets things going well.

Aww you have such nice babies! thanks for sharing!

There are currently three that I like in the California CANTER
http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6315:gotham-junior&catid=42:s-cal-trainer-listings

http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6314:prince-of-gotham&catid=42:s-cal-trainer-listings (i really like this guy)

and http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6352:im-a-flyer-too&catid=41:n-cal-trainer-listings (though I have a feeling she will be out of my price range..)

I'm sure all these guys will be adopted before I am ready to look, they all seem to go so fast!

Cameraine
Jul. 18, 2012, 12:26 PM
Here is my girl. She can be as previously stated "the most frustrating horse on the planet" when it comes to the trailer loading issue. But other than that she has been a delightful surprise.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1366171394086.2045996.1225681960&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=3533623899044&set=a.1366171394086.2045996.1225681960&type=3&theater (Schooling in Central VA)

I got her from TPR as a FTGH. She had bowed tendon and her fabulous track connections wanted her to have a good home as something other than a race horse. We still email each other about her progress as an eventer.

Justa Bob
Jul. 18, 2012, 02:52 PM
CO has a new CANTER chapter...closer than the east coast! Don't forget to browse CL for TBs in need. OTTBs pop up in the most surprising places, often just off the track and right in your backyard. Those in a mis-matched home and now posted on CL are often diamonds in the rough and in real need.

And a warning: any prospects you post on COTH will bring out the tidal wave of enablers that is COTH. :lol:

Good luck and happy shopping.

mkevent
Jul. 18, 2012, 08:19 PM
Harrington Cat (Indie) is my 6th OTTB. Four of them I bought as resale prospects and I didn't have a long competitive partnership with.

My first OTTB (Masada) was a great learning experience. His dressage was not good, which was quite a disappointment after my mare. He just didn't want to play the game even though I really tried with him. He was an xc machine and quite a scopey jumper. His canter was like a pogo stick, so it was surprising he could jump so well. He was also very brave. We evented through Prelim and qualified to do a three day. A week before the event, I ended up having to withdrawal due to soundness issues. I then sold him to someone who wanted a horse that wouldn't stop at fences and he fit the bill.

One of the resale prospects was supposed to be my next competition horse but I think he had a screw loose upstairs. He made me nervous to ride him. He was one of those horses who did not like to go on contact, which didn't bode well for an eventing career. I ended up giving him back to the rescue I bought him from. I don't know if his being a grandson of Storm Cat had anything to do with it, but all the Storm Cats I've met just have'nt been the type of ride I enjoy.

I bought Indie last November through the Canter website and he is the most athletic, intelligent horse I've ever owned! It's like the not so great experiences I've had in the past with some of my horses have all been leading up to me getting him. I keep thinking "this is what it's supposed to be like" and now I know why there are so many OTTB fans!

We did our first dressage schooling show last week and scored a 70% (including a 2 point error on my part) at training test 1. We had only been working seriously on the aids for the past 2 months and we only learned long and low that week! I'm astounded how fast he learns!

Cameraine-he is also not a big fan of trailer loading, so I can feel your pain! But we're working on it-I really want him self loading by the fall.

Sorry for the novel-wouldn't be complete without pictures!


http://farsidefarm.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=13594761

KateMcCall
Jul. 19, 2012, 10:10 AM
Thanks again for all the sharing :D
you all have such nice horses! I am really excited to fill the void thats been left since I sold my last horse. (though it will never be the same)


CO has a new CANTER chapter...closer than the east coast! Don't forget to browse CL for TBs in need. OTTBs pop up in the most surprising places, often just off the track and right in your backyard. Those in a mis-matched home and now posted on CL are often diamonds in the rough and in real need.

And a warning: any prospects you post on COTH will bring out the tidal wave of enablers that is COTH. :lol:

Good luck and happy shopping.
What is CL ?
(I am still getting used to acronyms on here. Like DH. Ih ave no idea what that means lol!)

ACMEeventing
Jul. 19, 2012, 10:53 AM
Thanks again for all the sharing :D
you all have such nice horses! I am really excited to fill the void thats been left since I sold my last horse. (though it will never be the same)


What is CL ?
(I am still getting used to acronyms on here. Like DH. Ih ave no idea what that means lol!)

CL = Craig's List
DH = darling husband (DD=darling daughter, etc)
BO= Barn owner
BNT = "Big Name" trainer (BNR=big name rider, etc)
FTGH= free to good home

Hey, we should start a new thread of acronyms. There a LOTS that get used on this forum that I do not understand :)

gr8fulrider
Jul. 19, 2012, 10:56 AM
Adding to the "fever" theme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg5HSoX4H18

KateMcCall
Jul. 19, 2012, 11:41 AM
CL = Craig's List
DH = darling husband (DD=darling daughter, etc)
BO= Barn owner
BNT = "Big Name" trainer (BNR=big name rider, etc)
FTGH= free to good home

Hey, we should start a new thread of acronyms. There a LOTS that get used on this forum that I do not understand :)

That is a good idea... I didn't know what any of those meant! Thanks! haha

Justa Bob
Jul. 19, 2012, 11:42 AM
There are a few abbreviation / acronym threads, here is one:

http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=142900

Reposting some of the posts:

OTOH: On the other hand
BM: Barn Manager
BO: Barn Owner
Sig: Signature
PT: Private Topic
BB: Bulletin Board
Fugly/FHOTD: Fugly Horse of the Day; blog
PPE: Pre-Purchase Exam
SO: Significant Other
BTW: By the wayOTOH: on the other hand
IMHO: in my humble opinion
FWIW: for what it's worth
IIRC: if I remember correctly
YMMV: your mileage may vary
ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO: rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
ROFLMAOPIMP: rolling on the floor laughing my a** off and peeing in my pants
LOL: laughing out loud
BNT: Big Name Trainer
LBNT: Local Big Name Trainer
NNT: No-Name Trainer (this is not necessarily a bad thing)
LTD: Lunged to death
DQ: Dressage Queen
HP: Hunter Princess
CANTER: Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses
OTTB: off-track Thoroughbred
USAE or USAEq: USA Equestrian (formerly the AHSA)
USEA: United States Eventing Association (formerly the USCTA)
USDF: United States Dressage Federation
NHJC: National Hunter/Jumper Council
NGB: National Governing Body
USOC: United States Olympic Committee

ETA = Edited to add
ITA = I totally agree
PITA = Pain in the a**
TB = Thoroughbred
QH = Quarter Horse
WB = Welcome back / Warmblood
POD = I agree/concur (peas in a pod)
IMO = In my opinion
IMHO = In my humble opinion
OP = Original poster
S/O = Spin off (spin off from another thread)
TMI = Too much information

BNR - Big Name Rider
ULR - Upper Level Rider

New ones always crop up and I am left scratching my head as to the meaning!

brightskyfarm
Jul. 19, 2012, 12:07 PM
NQR -- not quite right.

Theres a new CANTER chapter in Colorado.

Justa Bob
Jul. 19, 2012, 12:24 PM
Link to CO CANTER listings:

http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_alphacontent&view=alphacontent&Itemid=399

betonbill
Jul. 19, 2012, 12:34 PM
I love OTTBs and am so glad people are starting to recognize how great they are.

6-year-old OTTB mare four months into sport horse training:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/400926_3110843332133_1608275854_n.jpg

12-year-old OTTB gelding (belongs to my trainer). Dressage judges think he's a warmblood:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/426960_3484084622932_1085762319_n.jpg

6-year-old OTTB mare I just bought (from Judybigredpony!). This was my second ride on her-- right after she had a three-month vacation and only 5 weeks of pro training before that:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/425377_4258698307790_184115869_n.jpg

As wonderful as they are, they still green, young, and forward-thinking. They're not for everybody. The best thing to do is get to know them and decide from there.

Have fun!

Edited to say-- Most sound TBs have a really good canter. That's great because you can always improve the trot, the canter less so. With mine, I tend to get into the canter earlier in my ride than I did with WBs and that's what gets things going well.

So, were you the one who wound up with everyone's favorite, Brazilian Wedding? Lucky, lucky you. You must keep us all updated on how she is doing. (I loved her name, hope you don't change it).

NMK
Jul. 19, 2012, 12:45 PM
Well, I hate to tell you this but the OTTB fever really has no cure. We have group therapy for that called "I can justify anything OTTB" which is really just a group of CANTER enablers from coast to coast. Our favorite gathering place for meetings is COTH, of course!

My fever ran high for this one which comes home Saturday:

http://www.pedigreequery.com/charlie+moon

A Perfect Soul gelding, yummy.

Nancy

gr8fulrider
Jul. 19, 2012, 01:19 PM
So, were you the one who wound up with everyone's favorite, Brazilian Wedding? Lucky, lucky you. You must keep us all updated on how she is doing. (I loved her name, hope you don't change it).

Thanks! She's my favorite too. :)

I decided to keep her name. You can't even tell how great she is from the Challenge videos. The trainers can make most horses look like a million bucks but she is also sweet and generous and sensible. Judybigredpony really can pick them.

Justa Bob
Jul. 19, 2012, 03:13 PM
Thanks! She's my favorite too. :)

I decided to keep her name. You can't even tell how great she is from the Challenge videos. The trainers can make most horses look like a million bucks but she is also sweet and generous and sensible. Judybigredpony really can pick them.

Big congrats! (Oops...Not to hijack thread). Back to extolling the OTTB virtues...