On one of my favorite Facebook groups, OTTB Connect, I asked the question "What is the Best Part of Owning an OTTB?" I was wonderfully surprised at the answers I got. You'll see in the answers below that the most repeated answer is Heart, and that is a gift in of itself. Enjoy!
- I like getting to know them. Their character and how each is different. Discovering their personality traits one by one over time.
- They will give you their heart into everything you ask of them. And here's a photo of mine, his name is TJ.
- I love the fact they have had so many experiences...some things need ironing out..but my horse just trys so hard for me when i ride her..they have a lot of heart..the handling these horses have in their previous life can be a blessing..but can also be on the other end of the stick and be a hinderance that must be worked out what ever issues they might have from their previous life..i am enjoying the journey with my girl..i am sure you will too with your horse
- They are so willing to please you.... they have the best mentality
- I love how much heart they have, and I love how fast they can go!
- Mine tries so hard every ride and she's smart. Once she knows what you want, she will be more than happy to do it when asked. Just wants to please. I feel safe on her. She's doesn't have a mean trick in her book when we are riding. I know not all ottbs are super calm, but I lucked out.
- Heart!!! I had two TB's 17 years ago and recently (Valentine's day) united with my third. All three had/have so much heart!! A farrier once told me . . When adopting a horse there is no finer than a OTTB as they come complete with a will to work, a want to win and millions of dollars of handling put into them. I have seen and agree with this. But there is something more as well . . I just can't put it into words.
- I love being able to see into their past, looking up their bloodlines and seeing who they stem from, also seeing their old racing videos as well as photos and seeing the different tracks they have been too. Also I just love OTTBS because of their personality and how sensitive they are, my guy was going to be put down after being "wild and dangerous" and he has come a long way. Also love the bond I have with him he 10000% knows who his momma is
- Their intelligence is unmatched in my book, they learn and retain lessons. And their die hard commitment to their person. That's probably my favorite part.This is Whistle Dixie, my 6th OTTB and second kill pen rescue. I've only had her for about 2 week and she already runs to me when I get there. My last OTTB, whom I lost earlier in the year, used to follow me stall to stall while I mucked. I absolutely adore this breed, I'll never own anything else!
- My own was only 3 with no ground manners, after years he is a joy. Only 5 starts so at least he is sound and happy.
- Every one agrees....OTTB horses are all HEART... and are awesome horses to give that second chance to,they have so much time and money invested into them before they retire from the track,more so than your average riding horse,that is something you normally pay heaps for in training,yet you can get one of these horses for sometimes for free like my girl was,or for very little money, my horse cost 76 thousand dollars at the Magic Millions when she was sold as a youngster,I am still gob smacked I how much she was once worth to buy,but in saying that...she is priceless to me,and has her forever home!
- I love the versatility and heart of the OTTB. My gelding Sully has always been game for whatever I've asked of him - trick or treating through residential neighborhoods, jumping off Prelim level drops at age 5, galloping up rocky, steep hills on a three hour trail ride -- even riding around with my wedding dress blowing in the breeze. I've never questioned at an event whether I will have "any horse left" at the end of XC because I know he will try his guts out to get us back safely and on time. He would do anything for me, and I only hope he knows I will do the same!!
- I love how intelligent they are. My trainer can get on my OTTB Time For Wine aka Phantom and jump over 3'. I can hop on him and jump 2'6" then he turns around and can teach my children how to ride and do leadline classes! He is the best, and most versatile horse I've ever had the pleasure to know and love!! He behaves completely different with all levels of riders. He just KNOWS when it's the kids and takes care of them! My heart horse for life ❤❤❤❤
- I love my OTTBS because they have a heart of gold. They will give you their 110 percent. To go out an have a racing career and then be able to totally be retrained to go on am excel in any discipline out there is beyond remarkable. Here is a picture of my current OTTB Winsome Willie aka Win. He has got me through some hard times in life after losing my heart horse Auto Pilot aka Pow however I learned to keep pushing forward and never give up regardless of what life throws at you. Whether it is illness or loss of a loved one, etc...we all need to have a heart like a Thoroughbred.
- Sherlock is my first OTTB. I love the link to history he represents, the little claim to fame when I mention Smarty Jones. But it's the love I appreciate the most. This is a half-blind horse who has clearly been in some wrecks. But he comes running when he hears my voice, carrots or no carrots, and he is game to try everything he's pointed at, as long as I say it's safe.
- Mine have been so smart when they're in trouble. One hooked his shoe to a wire fence and stood patiently waiting for us to find him. Same one fell in a trailer accident and held perfectly still--hanging by his neck and head--till help came. My current 4-year-old got twisted up in long-reining-gone-wrong, with the reins wrapped around his legs in a nightmare mess (he spun) and froze until he was untwisted. Neither of these were quiet horses, but they've got such good brains under pressure!
Hug your OTTB, smile, and have fun!