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11 yr old OTTB am I crazy?

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  • 11 yr old OTTB am I crazy?

    Has anyone got a horse off the track at 11? I am looking at a gorgeous mare, price is right, and owner says she is super quiet. Seen videos of her ground tied at the track, and seems quiet and pleasant.

    Is 11 to old to be buying one to retrain for H/J and eventually resell after some miles?

    Will have flexions done on her before buying, but I live to far away to go an actually see her. At 11 you would think she is a tough, and sound mare to still be racing. She ran 4 times this year, last was in August.

  • #2
    Really better if you get somebody to go look at her for you rather then buy right off the track sight unseen with the goal of....what are you going to be doing with her?
    Do you have a place to retire her if you can’t use her or she needs extensive let down or she proves she’s not interested in a career change as she is looking at her 12th birthday?

    Do you have something else to ride if she can’t go to work right away? Tough to choices to deal with if you board out and can only afford one horse thafs not rideable. Need to th8nk about such things.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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    • Original Poster

      Thanks for the reply, like I said I would have a vet go over here before I make the drive down. So I would have an idea what she is like and if any problems.
      I keep my horses at home, so plenty of room for her. Plenty of space and pasture for her if need be.


      • Original Poster

        Thanks for the reply, like I said I would have a vet go over here before I make the drive down. So I would have an idea what she is like and if any problems.
        I keep my horses at home, so plenty of room for her. Plenty of space and pasture for her if need be.


        • #5
          I'd consider it if I was planning to keep the horse, but I'd look for something younger for a resell project.


          • #6
            Around where I live it's hard to sell any OTTB and most hunter/jumper people want something younger then 8... I agree unless you're shopping for yourself I'd pass


            • #7
              Mine came off the track at 11 years old. He was a war horse who ran 93 races with no breaks that you would expect would be present if there were lots of injuries. He was the best horse brain wise, but we didn't get any xrays and turns out that he had navicular (first horse and parents were not horsey so we skipped that important step). Didn't show signs for the first 2 years that I owned him, but after that definitely needed special shoes and eventually stepped down the levels until he fully retired. I'd definitely do a thorough PPE/xrays which you've already said you'd do. Look over the race record for any inconspicuous breaks... sometimes you can tell if there were injuries at some point if there is a really spotty record.

              If you are looking for a horse for yourself I definitely think a well put together war horse can be great fun. I wouldn't buy an older warhorse with no retraining as a resale project? No. I think you'd be better off going a different route or going into purchasing only if you want to keep the horse for yourself.


              • #8
                If a horse retires sound after so many starts, its conformation is probably great and it will stay sound. Think of it as giving this horse skills that will mean it will always be able to do a job for someone. I say go for it.
                A helmet saved my life.

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                • #9
                  For resale, especially as a hunter? No. Too old, a mare, an OTTB and too many miles for most people. For yourself, go for it!


                  • #10
                    I bought a 9yo this winter with 46 starts. He is sound, quiet and easy to live with. He is smart, and brave to the crossrails, small gates and boxes we have asked him to jump in the arena, and is willing in the country to logs and small coops.

                    He passed a PPE with flying colors. I have turned away an offer for twice what I paid.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bristol Bay View Post
                      If a horse retires sound after so many starts, its conformation is probably great and it will stay sound. Think of it as giving this horse skills that will mean it will always be able to do a job for someone. I say go for it.
                      I disagree with this. I think that track sound and dressage or HJ sound are two different things. I would not just assume this horse would be sound or stay sound based on years on the track. Wear and tear are still wear and tear. I'd purchase a horse like this after a PPE and for myself, not for resale.