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.
Shakeshackleandroll

Shakeshackleandroll

Introducing “Ford”, a 16.1+ hand, 2016, lightly raced OTTB gelding. Have you been looking for a big, uphill, bay gelding with a little chrome, a sweet personality and great feet? Then don't miss out on this guy! He has been lightly restarted and can w/t/c both...

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Fudge

Fudge

RRP eligible gelding alert! ⁣ ⁣ Meet “Fudge,” a 2017, 15.2 hand bay gelding by Twirling Candy, located in Luray, Virginia. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Fudge is a sweet guy with lovely ground manners and no vices. He is UTD on shots, coggins and has on a new pair of shoes! Fudge will be a...

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Bay Hill

Bay Hill

Meet Bay Hill, affectionately known around the barn as “Hilly". He's a 16.1, 2015 bay OTTB gelding who is RRP eligible, has no vices and has been let down, turned out and lightly restarted. https://youtu.be/4b8jpqdQsuA Hilly gets along fine in the gelding field (low...

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Sterling’s Morena

Sterling’s Morena

Meet "Sterling's Morena", barn-name Morena. This little bay mare is 15.2hh and 5 years old. She's so sweet and willing and has a quiet personality. Sterling has no vices, wind issues, or career limitations. She has been lightly restarted by a junior rider with a...

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Tommy’s Top Cat

Tommy’s Top Cat

Tall, dark and handsome! “Tommy’s Top Cat,” barn name Junior, is a 16.1, 2014 OTTB gelding in a beautiful shade of dark bay.⁣ ⁣ Junior retired sound from the track and has the calm and accepting nature of an experienced racehorse. https://youtu.be/VNP3KRHCmyc He has...

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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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