It’s a valid question. As someone on a budget, an OTTB can be a great choice for your next partner. And for me personally, the idea of purchasing a retired racehorse and taking it on to its second career seems like such a great idea.
I’ve grown up on Draft crosses, and TB crosses and have loved them. Each and every one. It’s what I know, and what I am comfortable with. If there was an ISH in my budget you know I would get it in a heartbeat. There’s something about horses with large heads, and thick legs, that make me really happy.
These “types” (big bodied, a bit behind the leg) are what I know. And what I feel comfortable on. I’m not a kid anymore. Changing habits is getting harder and harder.
What it comes down to, is, I don’t think I’m an OTTB rider.
I don’t think a sensitive OTTB and I would be a good fit. I’m kind of envious of people who can ride the sensitive OTTB well. I think it speaks volumes to you as a rider. And you are rewarded for it with an amazing athlete with tons of heart.
Now, I realize I am generalizing. Not all OTTBs are sensitive. And some are kick rides. And I bet I could find a really great partner, like many of you have, in an OTTB. But I have seen some really bad matches between riders and their off the track horses, and I’m not really that willing to take the gamble. At this point in my life, and my riding, I need to stick with what I know. And what I love.
So, I’ll continue the search for the right horse. And hopefully, in the end, I’ll make the right decision!