I want to start out and say Thank you to all the Trainers who put their Thoroughbreds online at a reasonable price for others to take a chance in giving them a new career.
I heard about 30,000. thoroughbreds are born a year hoping for that next Triple crown winner is just amazing. How many of those end up at the slaughter house? Then there are the lucky ones that get a new chance.
I have 4 OTTB that are amazing. 2 are the best school horses I ever had. The other 2 are winners in the Jumper ring.
It takes patience, patience and understanding of the Breed. These horses invented the word..."True Work Horse"
I look on CANTER USA. I bought my last 2 directly from the Trainers, sight unseen. Just went by pictures and talking with the trainers on the phone.
I know some people are little uneasy about this way but so far I have had no problems and the trainers have been honest with me. They just want to see their horse get a good home.
I want to add my thanks to the trainers who are willing to find homes for their horses that just don't make it on the track. I have three OTTB mares who are the sweetest, most giving horses you could ever find. Just got a 17 h 3 year old two weeks ago and rode her for the first time yesterday. Dogs barking, horses galloping in the fields, and a passel of people sitting under a tree by the rail didn't bother her at all. I hate the 'for sale' ads that say "not a typical thoroughbred' as if that were a good thing. Give me a 'typical thoroughbred' over a 'dumb blood' any day.
I couldn't agree with you more. I could be really obnoxious, in fact!
OTTBs are so resilient, adaptable and diverse in their talents. They can do it all and I have a good feeling that the tide is turning away from ridiculously priced WBs to the good ole', versatile OTTB who has been there, done that and can be had for a song.
I'm stumping for horses from my local track (Finger Lakes), but OTTBs from anywhere are diamonds in the rough.