OTTBs

It’s only fair to warn you–OTTBs (Off-Track Thoroughbreds) are addictive!

Working with OTTBs is a rewarding part of our business at Shenandoah Sporthorses. We are very involved in educating the equestrian public about OTTB rehabilitation and training, and we typically offer several OTTBs for sale in various stages of training. 

Our location in Lexington, Virginia is within five hours of three racetracks, so OTTBs are always available in our area. We love tailoring plans for each OTTB to get them healthy and sound, and then the really fun part starts with riding.

OTTBs are typically responsive and willing under saddle, with pleasant and eager-to-please attitudes. Thoroughbreds are fun because the personality of each horse really shines through. Riders typically feel a strong partnership with their OTTB because the horse is so participatory in the process. Riding Thoroughbreds requires “feel,” body control and some finesse, but these skills can be taught with good instruction. They are certainly skills worth learning, as they will improve a rider’s ability to work with any breed. Once a rider new to OTTBs has gotten the hang of a slightly different style of riding, the sky is the limit! Thoroughbreds are versatile, forgiving, and lots of fun, and we encourage anyone who hasn’t considered an OTTB to give one a try.

Alice has successfully sold all of her OTTBs on the open market. Most objections that potential buyers have about OTTBs  are based on misinformation: Thoroughbreds have bad feet, OTTBs are hot and dangerous, they are all hard keepers, etc. Alice overcomes these objections with education, and when buyers understand that common “knowledge” about OTTBs is based on misconceptions, they will usually consider an OTTB as their next partner. And when they get a good match, they might be hooked on OTTBs for life!

The community of OTTB fans is a fun and inclusive club to be a member of. There are also fun horse show opportunities for OTTBs with the TIP program, where tattooed Thoroughbreds can compete against each other in various disciplines for year-end awards and prize money. TIP classes are becoming common at smaller, local shows, making horse showing affordable for more competitors. Information available here: www.tjctip.com

Please contact us for more information about our OTTBs for sale, or with any OTTB questions! We love to talk Thoroughbred.
Thisisthetimetowin

Thisisthetimetowin

Thisisthetimetowin, barn name "Atlas," May 2021 We are pleased to introduce "Thisisthetimetowin," barn name "Atlas," a 16.2, 2017, lightly raced OTTB gelding. Atlas is a classy guy in every sense--handsome, kind and well-mannered. Atlas is lightly raced, has no vices...

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Breakin Day

Breakin Day

Breakin' Day, May 2021 Meet "Breakin' Day," a 2017, 16.2, California-bred, unraced, smoky/charcoal grey gelding who is just starting to get his dapples! Breakin' Day conformation photo, May 2021 Barn name "California" had a few post-track rides last fall then enjoyed...

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Just Be Romantic

Just Be Romantic

Roma giving a lesson to a junior rider "Just be Romantic," barn name "Roma," is a 2009, 15.3 3/4 hand, lightly raced, chestnut Thoroughbred mare. She is an ammy- and junior-friendly ride with horse show miles and experience in a lesson program....

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Prize Fight

Prize Fight

Prize Fight conformation photo, April 2021 “Prize Fight,” barn name Lennox, is a FANCY 5 year old, 16.3, big bodied Thoroughbred gelding with no vices, clean legs and an aims-to-please personality. If you want to get noticed at a show, this is the guy for you! He is...

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Gwen’s Gal

Gwen’s Gal

Located at our parter farm, RE Sporthorses, in Fort Defiance, VA:  Meet "Gwen's Gal," a 2014, 16 + hand, RRP-eligible OTTB mare with Lemon Drop Kid breeding and outstanding, uphill movement.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7jvqyosPOE Gwen's second post-track...

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