OTTB's ..... When does it stop?
American and Australian forums often have posters talking about their OTTB's.
That just isn't really a terminology used in Europe .
It seems that even when the horse has been owned for a long time and is doing something entirely different that it's still known as an OTTB. Why is that?
I don't see why its relevent or of interest at all.
It seems to me that the term is almost used as some sort of badge of office or as an explanation for why the horse has problems or issues or to indicate the owner might have done some sort of noble thing taking on a retired/ex race horse.
I wonder when an OTTB just becomes "my horse" or "a thoroughbred"????
Or must I start describing my thoroughbreds either as CRAPOTTB (Currently Racing And Presently to be OTTB) or my driving horse as a OADWB (Out of the Arena Dressage Warmblood).
(If the weather was better and we weren't iced over I wonder have time to think about such silly things!)
I'm the proud owner of four OTTB's.
It's a frame of reference for me. I never use it off the boards, nor do I use it to infer that I have a "certain skill set" or have rescued all of them from an uncertain fate. I think those that think that are reading way too much into it & it's kind of ridiculous. :( It's just part of who they are, race training instills certain tendencies & behaviors, which can & do manifest themselves on occasion, sometimes for the better...sometimes, not so much. ;) To me, they're TB's first, off track racers second.