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An off-the-track Thoroughbred is a former racehorse. Many go on to have successful second careers after racing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there about these magnificent horses. They’re often stereotyped and misunderstood. It’s time to clear the air!
Off-The-Track Thoroughbred Myths
1. All OTTBs have soundness issues: False! Many circulate the myth that these horses are all used up and damaged. It’s not true though. A lot of them retire completely sound and with no riding restrictions. Of course some do have various issues, but definitely not all of them. Make sure to do a pre-purchase exam!
2. Thoroughbreds are hot and flighty: Another stereotype that is proven wrong again and again! Your average track horse is exposed to a lot of different things! They usually handle it better than most horses. Additionally, many go on to become lesson and beginner horses after being retrained.
3. Off-the-track Thoroughbreds can’t compete at high levels: This one is definitely false! These horses have incredible work ethics and nothing stands in their way. Some have made it as far as the Kentucky Three-Day Event.
4. They’re only for English riders: Thoroughbreds are very versatile. They can be ridden in nearly any discipline. Many Western riders, including barrel racers, mounted shooters, trail riders, etc…, rave about these horses.
5. Their racetrack owners don’t care about them: Another false myth! The breeders, trainers, and owners of these horses become very invested in them. They receive the best care and lots of attention.
Let’s put an end to stereotypes and start treating horses like individuals! Too many people pass up on a good horse because of its breed or gender. Don’t miss a good opportunity by skipping over off-the-track Thoroughbreds. They just might surprise you!