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.
One Bad Kat

One Bad Kat

Say hello to “One Bad Kat", a 2018 OTTB gelding by Seville. Kat is 15.3+, expected to mature around 16 hands. He was very lightly raced (only 6 starts!) and retired sound, with clean legs and no wind issues or future career limitations. Kat has a fun, snuggly...

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Running Prayers

Running Prayers

Introducing Running Prayers or "Sally", a 15.3hh, 6-year-old bay mare with a super sweet and personable temperament. Sally's first off-track ride was by a junior rider! Sally has the movement and the personality for the hunter ring. She's clean-legged, sound, and...

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Kiya

Kiya

Introducing Kiya, a 7-year-old 15.3+ hh bay mare. She has no vices or wind issues and clean legs. Kiya has a great ammy friendly personality but she has not been restarted yet post-track.

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True Heir

True Heir

Introducing "True Heir" barn name Harry, a 16 HH 6 year old dark bay OTTB gelding. Harry has been lightly restarted after his racing career. Harry is clean legged, has no vices, and is happy in a stall or turned out. He'll be a fun project for an ammy or junior rider...

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She’s Right

She’s Right

Jockey Club name “She’s Right,” Amelia is nice-moving a four year old mare, standing 16 hands high. She’s going to be a super fun and safe project to develop for any discipline!

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Sugar Buzz

Sugar Buzz

"Sugar Buzz" is a 2013, 16.2 OTTB gelding. Barn name "Buzz" is the ultimate in-your-pocket guy, runs to you in the field and loves snuggles with him while he naps in his stall. https://youtu.be/CQ7fIGB4Pgk Buzz has no vices, and is a leg ride. He came off the track in...

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Thisisthetimetowin

Thisisthetimetowin

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwLDqpsYSAc Atlas is lightly raced, has no vices and...

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Just Be Romantic

Just Be Romantic

"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. https://vimeo.com/139354640?ref=fb-share Roma is an attractive...

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Prize Fight

Prize Fight

"Prize Fight,” barn name Lennox, is a stunning 2014, 16.3, big-bodied gelding with no vices and an aims-to-please disposition. If you want to get noticed at a show, this is the guy for you! He is loaded with talent and ready to go in any direction....

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