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Does anyone else have an OTTB like this?

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  • Does anyone else have an OTTB like this?

    I have a 4 year old OTTB mare (Just Plan Partners) and she is very calm and....VERY SLOW! I mean dont get me wrong she does have her "thoroughbred" days, like spooks at birds in the rafters, but this girl is pretty dang calm. I have to use a crop on her and shes still slow. Shes getting better with riding her everyday, but she just isnt the typical hot headed OTTB. She just came off in November.... and shes a snuggler
    Does anyone else have one right off the track like this?
    Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3


  • #2
    Most of them.


    • #3
      Yup. My girl's default mode is "slowpoke," and she is as snuggly and sweet as they come. As she's adjusted to life off the track and gained correct muscling, she's become much more forward, and the TB power has come out in a big way

      I won't turn down a horse of any type, but TBs hold a special place in my heart. Love 'em.


      • #4
        Yes--my first one was like that. He was racing fit when I got him, and within a week I had to kick him to get him to trot. After his second ride, he started coming up to me for snuggles right after I dismounted.

        My current one actually shoves his nose under my hand if I stop petting him, and he gives me a hug every time I blanket or un-blanket him. He's always been very people-oriented. ETA he's also been beaten in a trot race by a 10h shetland cross, and he's way too happy at the back of the pack on trail gallops. Every now and then he does need a little hand gallop, but I don't think I have a snowball's chance in hell of getting him to go full stretch. There's a reason he's not a racehorse anymore
        I love my Econo-Nag!


        • Original Poster

          Haha ok so its the muscle that helps them be more forward she is definitely gaining good muscle. And being able to lower her head im glad theres others out there since im overly obsessed with mine its good to hear others are as happy as me! My horse has so much personality, and she was too slow to race too... obviously wayyyy too slow lol
          Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3



          • #6
            I have one

            Rico is the 'stillest' horse I've ever known. He's generally unflappable, very stoic, and just dead quiet. I also need to back up my leg with a crop occasionally. He's also a snuggler. He'll poke his head right into my shoulder and just stand there. Last week I was standing beside him and he decied to wash my face with his tonge!

            Right now he's been home alone for a week and he's just poking around, but not acting upset at all, even though he's very herdbound.

            I like the quiet ones. I'm much too hyper myself to get along well with a hot horse.
            Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
            Witherun Farm


            • #7
              *raises hand*

              Mine is lazy as dirt. He'll have his moments, usually he'd rather poke along and stand around than do anything. He wakes up over fences/a good hand gallop, but getting him to kick it into gear is the stick part, not the shifting down haha. I don't mind it, because when you do push his "on" button, he's down for business, but he's not constantly ready to go.
              Team Ginger


              • #8
                Originally posted by NErider View Post
                He wakes up over fences.
                My girl trotted a 3' vertical the other day.... 8 times. She's 17hh and seems to think that unless I ask for it, why should she exert any more effort than she needs to? I could have asked for a canter, pushed her forward, and gotten a lovely jump... but after the second time, I just thought it was hilarious that she was so casual I let her go. Hey, working on trot fences is a good exercise... fixed any jumping ahead issues I was having that day!


                • #9
                  Yup. Got one here too.

                  My now 5 yr old TB is exceptionally quiet. I actually had the vet pull blood on him last summer to make sure there was nothing wrong with him! This guy isn't my first young horse, or the first horse I've bought OT, but he is hands down the mellowest young horse I've ever been around.

                  Example- first time lunging. I bring him into the middle of the ring, walk a few feet away from him. He doesn't move, just looks at me. I shake the lunge whip at him. He doesn't move, or seem particularly interested. (at this point several other horses that I've had would have at least walked off). I crack the whip. He looks outside the ring, doesn't move. I tap him with the whip. He doesn't even flick an ear. Of course by now, I'm laughing hysterically. I finally end up tapping him more firmly and get right behind him to get him to walk forward.

                  Fast forward a few months- I had gotten off of him to set x rails. After I rearrange a few poles, he just stops. Doesn't want to follow me around any more (I was leading him). So I looped to reins over his head and just left him in the middle of the ring while I set jumps. And he just stood there!

                  Nothing wrong with him, he's just really quiet. Honestly, he's more forward under saddle now that he's more broke, but he is still really low key on the ground.
                  Unrepentant carb eater


                  • #10
                    My BO just said to me the other day that my 17h OTTB is the most unflappable horse on the farm during turn in or out, and the barn is mostly QH types, Fjords, a donkey and a few Morgan/cross types.

                    And it's a real working farm, with crops and buildings and workers everywhere.

                    Color me surprised, 'cause usually he's a big jerk if he is out of work and it's been months since he was in anything that resembles regular work. Guess he just really likes it there, eh?


                    • #11
                      All of ours have been!


                      • #12
                        I joke to my OTTB that she's the slowest horse in Canada most days. I spent the summer retraining OTTBs and they all preferred leisurely paces.

                        TBs only run fast so they can stop sooner.
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                        • #13
                          My current one goes in between being a western pleasure horse and middle of the road silly. She will happily walk around anywhere, there are days its painful to keep her going. Then she has days like today where she needs to be a little silly, which generally involves a head shake, a little squeal and trying to canter or make a little hop. She generally saves the big theatrics for when I'm not on her and just letting her expend some energy. Once you do that her brain functions normally. My last one, 17hd something out of Unusual Heat, was totally dead. Except for the one time he took off with me on the top of the levy. But that is another story. My first one (out of Bonus Money) was the complete opposite. It wasn't that he was super hot or naughty, he was just very forward. He is now a middle aged man's trail horse. He films sometimes when he is on the trail with a helmet cam and posts it on his youtube so I get to see what they are doing which is fun. I'll be getting another one in the next few months so I'm interested to see what the new one will be like.


                          • Original Poster

                            How do u guys keep them cantering?
                            Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3



                            • #15
                              By backing up a light leg aid with the whip everytime, and then taking the leg OFF, with whip ready, to test if they maintain the forward on their own with no help.
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                              • #16
                                I got riverpony as 4 yo OTTB, and he was so quiet and pokey that I wondered if he had a terrible disease, like cancer or something. Nope, still going strong at age 16. He's a lovebug too.
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                                • #17
                                  I do! And I'm "overly obsessed" with mine, too!
                                  Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                                  • #18
                                    Mine is an OTTB, who took a detour as a polo pony post-racetrack, and I've never had one slower. First time we cantered a jump, I was in a half seat with a loopy rein and she never moved from that slowwww, rhythmic canter pre- or post-fence. Nothing scares her (well, clipping her ears does...) and the first time I introduced her to crossties, she used them to hold her head up while she slept.


                                    • #19
                                      I've had a few.... most notable was a nice 3 yr old chestnut gelding that we had just brought off the track. He had never run, but we tried to train him up to it!

                                      This was about 25 yrs ago and I presented him for sale to none other than P. Valliere who liked him but told me I must have him drugged. Of all the nerve! Anyway, that moron missed out on a really nice horse, but in the end I'm glad he passed.


                                      • #20
                                        Mine was extremely forward- the BEST work ethic ever really...
                                        BUT WAS UNFLAPPABLE (sp?)...

                                        Just the bravest thing EVER... her instinct to "scary things" was... OOOOOOOHHHHHHH what's that (as she would power walk in the direction of said thing)...

                                        Red headed mare in the sense that it was HER decision to go over and check it out... oh and she knew what was best (aka DO NOT touch her face 3-4 strides OUT of that high A/O fence... no ma'am)...

                                        After owning her- can't even dream of owning something that doesn't have a lot of thoroughbred in it...
                                        Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!