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Looking for input on OTTB

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  • Looking for input on OTTB

    I have owned several young OTTBs, including restarting a couple myself, but have never bought one directly off the track. I have found a mare that I'm very interested in but I'm uncertain on a couple of things and looking for some help "translating".

    I've found a mare I'm very interested in that has almost 50 starts under her belt. She completed every race except the last one, and the race video shows her not breaking out of the gate. I asked her owner about it and he basically said he doesn't know what happened, she just didn't break, but she's been sound and in training since.

    I will vet her with X-rays if I move forward, but just wondering if anyone who has actual experience at the track can help me understand why a horse might do that and if there is risk there?

    He did share info about a different previous injury and a couple of vices she has, so I feel like he was being pretty honest.
    The best is yet to come

  • #2
    You might consider cross posting this on the Racing forum. They could give you much better insight into reasons a horse might not break from the gate.

    Other than that I can attest that mares off the track are great! (I've brought home 4 over the years).
    They don't call me frugal for nothing.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


    • #3
      There's probably several reasons a horse might not break - ranging from something being physically wrong (not necessarily a deal killer sort of thing - a cyst, ulcers, stuff like that which just makes being ridden or running uncomfortable), to the horse deciding she just doesn't want to do it anymore.

      FWIW I owned a TB mare when I was much younger who refused to break in her last race. There was not anything physically wrong with her. I did have some issues with her bucking and being difficult, but I was young, and age/experience has taught me that was likely her trying to tell me 1) the saddle was uncomfortable and 2) to stop riding so defensively dammit!

      I will say a horse with 50 starts is likely a pretty wise and durable specimen.
      "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

      My CANTER blog.


      • Original Poster

        Ok exactly what I was hoping to hear! I'm going to proceed with vetting her
        The best is yet to come


        • #5
          Love OTTB girls. Mine is a Chestnut- my heart horse. Hope all works out. How about a picture? Would love to see her!


          • Original Poster

            Here she is! Officially purchased! I have yet to see her in real life, so these are the only photos I have. Hopefully CANTER doesn't mind
            The best is yet to come


            • #7
              I see why you like her. I hope she works out well for you.
              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


              • #8
                Beautiful and congrats!


                • #9
                  She is beautiful! Best of luck to you!! I may be just slightly biased, but I think OTTB mares are just the best
                  Another Adult Amature and her OTTB:

                  Repurposed Racehorses


                  • #10
                    Had she made it home? If so, pictures are a necessity


                    • #11
                      She's beautiful! Congratulations!