This article is written for
those entering the Industry for there are high dangers present. A
simple check of my Blog will soon show you the proof of my words
here below, stories of problems in their Thousands, now dated back
to 2001 within the 25,000 Letters I have answered.
None of any of this is the fault of the lovely Horses, of which I
have broken in hundreds and they are all just normal Horses
86% OF EX RACE
HORSES ARE UNSOUND TO SOME DEGREE WHEN LEAVING THE TRACK-
it matters not that they only
(These stats are from one of Australia's Leading vets') I completely
agree with them though, across a sample of Thousands of these
Horses during my Life time.
Because they are cheap, they become the Bread and
Butter of many Ruthless and Crooked Horse Dealers around the Country,
spawned by the Internet, where everyone is a Horse Dealer over Night
and so these cheap and plentifle Horses get sold to the
Due to the surprise attacks on the
Racing Industry by "Racing Kills" there has been a strong push back
from the Racing Organization, to show a more caring side and to
counter the negatives. ( They are just 10 Years behind the times)
This has spawned countless Re-homing
Organizations, Dealers in Thoroughbreds and Re-educating services,
most of who won't have a clue about the underlying Veterinary that
awaits. This article has promoted furor from vested interests, but I
wrote it to even up the debate and to save Novices from being
conned and to 'level the Playing Field'
CROOKED HORSE SALES
I founded Horselaw in this
These Days, I field at least one a Day and the Thoroughbred now
features in many, even by selling them as Australian Stock
SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR THE REAL
Almost all suffer Psychological issues from very
minor to major like
Windsucking, Weaving and other things. (4 collars sent to
One Trainer in Hong Kong this Week)
100% of have substandard and therefore dangerous
Mouths and braking systems, rated at the max of 4/10. Even if
they were broken in well (which most are not) the Mouths are
soon ruined during Racing because Riders can only just hang
against the Mouths but not use Legs and at up to 200kg when
Most of them have Ulcers and need treatment.
Hence snaking Heads and Faces when girthing up.
Of course it is NOT the fault of the Horses, it is
the systems they endure but I have to still warn you.
Many are 'High Maintenance'
They are highly expensive due to the many
detrimental issues that arise.
They cannot compete
any more, in conventional Dressage because of their
movement and Veterinary issues that are often not noticed or
diagnosed. Yes they can be used for Dressage and plenty go
around in the low Classes but they cannot compete against the Warmbloods) many can relate the story about the Sound and
Mentally balanced Off the Track Thoroughbred, so can I, but I
submit that those stories lie within the 14% of the rest.
Rarely do they suit Learner, Novice or Average
Riders and the search for those that may can be fraught with
Veterinary Bills are almost mandatory.
They produce a high percentage of injuries to
Riders and in some instances,
Death and or Para or Quadriplegia. I have many cases via my
"Blind Freddie' should know, that Horses were
not designed to Race at 2 or 3 Years of Age. It breaks their
Many come with highly frustrating and expensive
Crib Biting or
Fence Walking or Running
Climbing the walls of Horse Floats
and a high percentage of them have "Separation
Anxiety" ...caused by the 'Battery Hen' environment many
The Foundation Stones on these Horses are almost
always poor.....(even if they were started perfect, they are ruined
in a Week)
Few Tie Up properly and pull back or break away
None have ever known what it is to 'collect' or
break at the poll
None know anything about Legs of a Rider or
and they ALL have substandard Mouths, even if they had a
quality one in the beginning.
Many come with Floating Vices, caused by bad driving
and substandard Floats within the Racing Industry.
It is not commonly known but the Racing Game damages
Sacroiliac Region of the Race Horse. Put that together with
being galloped at an age too young and you have 'Wall to Wall'
problems with these Horses and they therefore often DO NOT suit the
English Disciplines where collection is required where they
physically cannot do it.
So after all of that, you insist, it might pay to
ask us about how to save 12 Months of frustration in training and
Veterinary as we have developed the systems and they work.
I am getting heated Feedback from Thoroughbred
Groups and I can tell that they don't know my credentials or
History. I suggest future Punters go and properly check my History
out before getting emotional for we have the credentials, the
experience and the track record that can be proven any time,
you want to know more, email me for the free 145 Page E-Book
Dedicated to this Young Lady who
was dead two Days after this ride. ****NOTE The Zero
Note the Neck under Muscle, the Degenerated Top Line, the de-generated Hind
End and the SACROILIAC WEAR AND TEAR!!!!!!!!!!
Hi there John,
My OTTB rant to
join in yours :) I write this with all horses in my mind first and
foremost, to do the best I can for them and also fellow riders that
enjoy our equine friends. Horse come first at Mt Twirlicup Agistment
have followed all your methods/advice/training tips on re-educating
OTTB'"s and been successful with clients nags but "MY" what a long
winded mind boggling saga over the years they all are and have been.
I have no
clue ( yes they are cheap ) as to why a less assertive rider would
even go there when again and again I am full of panic attacks as the
rider and the new beloved 17hh black TB (" I had to buy this one
Amber ,even though there was that bay 15hh ASH available because
Susie down the road said that would look boring as it was bay and my
tack is tan and it will look better on a black horse- yes I have
heard this one LOL)) head off for the ride from hell through the
treks over our farm.
The rider doesn't think this is going to
happen as horse has been great in the arena for weeks and he is all
settled in.....blah blah I have been told before that I am narrow
minded and nasty about OTTB. I am the complete opposite actually but
each to their own perspective of why I have my own reasons on that
type of horse. Firstly I feel so bloody sad for them. Yes I am told
there are some wonderful OTTB's out there and I am pleased there
are, don't get me wrong.
I have had
countless agisters hurt from a fall off a OTTB behaving fearful &
full of flight once the other horses are out of view. Yes I can be
paid to re-mouth re-train re- do etc but financially the agister
cant do it soooooooooooo we have taken OTTB's over the years up to
the bush and shot them as they are not being used, feet not trimmed
and not being fed.
Better off to be in horse heaven than in
horse hell and I will not tolerate it. I know to some this seems
quite shocking but with no place at the meat works for all these ex
-gallopers what is too happen???? Vets are too expensive I am told
so prefer to pretend the horse isn't there????
Clients/agisters are not riding the OTTB
as it was dangerous and are happy trotting out on a SB for a wine
ride so you cant just leave the other horse and shut your eyes to
ribs in the summer because you will not buy hay as you don't use the
I have found a lovely 15hh 15yr old QH x Arab gelding for a 20year
old rider that has just recovered from a broken pelvis from a
bolting OTTB that leaped a cattle grid on a farm next to ours and
back leg went through the grid. We shot it immediately. Poor horses
what a end due to being frightened of everything....psychological
damage of years of Racing then to be expected to canter on a loose
rein over undulating paddocks of green. No and you might get killed
in the process.
I say in my
opinion on the OTTB horses I have ridden they have separation
issues/anxiety plus herd bound from racing days. The only thing they
had to hold onto was their MATES so I do have understanding yes I
do....why does the rider want to have to go through continual
training of this type of horse to even get out the gate- a few
things I always notice watching someone ride off....wont walk
straight-showing resistance as early as that- as rider is riding
down driveway the tail starts swishing and the body muscles are
tightening then whoosh the OTTB is zooming backwards towards a fence
and the legs are off the horse and reins tight and I understand
why......its bloody scary.........so either get the horse to a
respected re-educator and it will be continual training and
especially for the rider- ....CAN YOU DO THIS be honest with
yourself and the horse otherwise call me and I will find you what
your hoping to actually have as a horse as we all want that kind of
horse. I am dealing with the avearge joe blow that wants to pleasure
ride and a few shows.
I want you to be happy.
Thanks John for all you do with OTTB's as
they must all be in love with you and you with them as you say.
Hi, I'm just writing in response to your article I read about OTTBs...
The one that paints them in THE worst light possible. I'm not
expecting this email to be recognised publicly, but I just felt the
need to point out that I think your article is a little dramatic.
I'm only 18, however I have been around thoroughbreds and ex-races
alike from when I was about 6. Obviously i didn't ride an ex-racer
when I was 6, or even 10 for that matter - I grew up on stock horse
x's and naughty ponies. Mum was knowledgable and I had a coach who
was always around to supervise and give regular weekly lessons. I
got my first TB when I was about 11/12. And he was great. He'd done
a bit of sporting and hadn't raced for 2+ years. He was incredibly
hard to put weight on, dove down on the forehand, had no top line to
speak of an probably had ulcers now that I look back on it. But he
was sweet. And I could do anything on the ground with him, even my
little 12 year old self could make him lunge and stand still and
back up. I could saddle and bridle him on my own. Because even
though they are ex-racehorses, they are still horses all the same.
And capable of feelings and emotions - they are also capable of
choosing how they act and react. When I outgrew him, and got another
OTTB (who'd been retrained to Medium level dressage), he too was
wonderful. Silly in the head, flighty, 17.1hh and very very
sensitive. But same thing. I had a coach. Knowledgable parents and
the horse wasn't dangerous. Just unsure. Day by day he realised that
I was going to love him and cuddle him and trip over and throw the
saddle up a bit to get it on his back cause he was so tall.. And 6
months later he was ridiculously quiet. Still prone to tensing up
and surging when it came to flying changes or difficult dressage
movements, but it's all about how you ride them and how you treat
them. I lost him in a paddock accident. Now I have a 6 yo OTTB. He
quit racing 2 months ago. He's not completely sound as he has
hardening of the larynx (hence retirement) but he's been scoped and
vet checked and he's perfectly sound for dressage. Same thing - he
gets nervous and flighty, but it's our job as responsible horse
owners to influence the horse in a positive light. Obviously
inexperienced people can't do that- and I guess that's where the
basis of your article has come from. But when it comes down to it,
if no one was rehoming racehorses, I don't think Australia would
have much of an eventing team to represent them. As for the
movement/ paces of my previous and current TBs, it rivals that of my
WB mare. You just have to select carefully. Thoroughbreds can have
very quality walks, and when selecting one, if your able to catch a
glimpse of one cantering calmly enough (even for 3-4 strides) then
you can judge what it will be like when the horse is taught
relaxation, balance, looseness, suppleness, throughness, how to
carry themselves straight and laterally and finally collection.
Thoroughbreds, especially ex-racehorses, are horses that can only be
retrained if you train them from their mind down. Physically, their
confirmation can be on point with a warmblood. Therefore their
movement can be too. Thoroughbreds are what shaped our warmbloods
anyways so it's not surprising they bare some resemblance to one
another. They just need to be taught how to re-think and if you
choose responsibly, then they can make wonderful equestrian horses.
Very nicely put and I can read Your personality (which is lovely).
Your Parents did a very good job with You :)
I accept all of Your points of course but I write to and for the
lowest common denominator and those People have none of the skills
and attitudes that You do.
The Off the Track Thoroughbred situation has become a very
politically driven one, caused by 'Racing Kills' putting immense
pressure on the Industry and so they had to counter with some
equally 'Politically driven tactics' to be seen to be doing the
right thing by the discards. That immediately grew all sorts of
groups or re-homing People and re-training People, many trying to
get a quid out of it as well.
So I saw it coming and because I know how the World works and how
Humans react, I decided I had to 'level the playing field' to save
the odd Life and many injuries, which You have to agree happens all
the time. You need to know that I get the stories every Week.
So yes, I agree there are many lovely one's but with the plethora of
gullible Humans we have these Days, someone had to protect them from
As an aside, I note that I have directly influenced both Industries,
because of the power of my Site. I have lowered the price of ex
Racehorses and I have dramatically risen the prices of Standardbreds.
For that I am happy
FROM MY BLOG 24th January,
OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED OF THE WEEK (2)
I was reminded yet again, why I have been
continually warning on this Blog, about the huge Dangers facing those
who are testing Thoroughbreds off the Track. You are literally risking
Your Life.........and so it was that,
Today, I watched one being sold, to a Mum
and the two PC Kids and with the Friend and advisor. After much frantic
rushing around the lunge to sweating, the Horse was ridden and went like
this above....where this Lass died at T.A.F.E.
I am ramping up my efforts lately, to counter
the Spin and Promotion of the "Save the Racehorse' Organizations, Born
of a flash idea to Counter "Racehorse Kills' Organization, who are
hurting the Race Clubs over their fight to Ban Jumps Racing. So here is
some more information for You. Let's look at the top of the Rump of this
Race Horse and over 85% of the rest of them.
So can You see the wear and Tear and the calcification of the
Sacroiliac???........now, on the other side of the Coin, I spent several
Hourse this Week and my Money, to save one myself, ....this one.
even worse, let's look from another angle.......
Now what You are looking at here, is not only major Sacro damage but
worse, one side showing more than the other. Possible caused by one way
of going forever.
and so the Young Girl got on and the Horse
immediately shot forward to the point where things looked bad but
luckily, didn't go on with it....the Lass got off after the
the Horse was showing fear of being
'collected', don't worry, we can read their Minds. End result?....Horse
going on Trial.
So the sum total of all the participants,
including the Owner, none had a clue what they were even looking at or
riding and so it extends across the Industry forever
I am going to tell You something that no
Scientific commentary has woken up to. At least the 86% that one learned
Vet says are unsound upon leaving the Track (and I agree with based on
our sample of hundreds of them), that basically, all Race Horses have
Sacro damage in various degrees....of course they would have, 'Blind
Freddie should know this"....You can't gallop 2 Year Olds and think You
are not going to damage them!!!!!!!!!!!
So the Skinny Horse provides the obvious
picture of what most can't see on normal conditioned Horses. So imagine
this below the surface of MOST OF THEM, regardless of the Spin or Sales
TIP OF THE WEEK
Many, many X-Race Horses, DON'T WANT to put
their Head down. They are in Mortal Fear of it, why/????? - because it
hurts their Sacro area, like Hell"
OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED OF THE WEEK
I have a problem just wondering if you could suggest how I could help my
mare I not long ago purchased, she walks her yard all day everyday..
Even when I feed her, she will take a mouth full of her feed and just
keep walking, I have been told to put hobbles on her just in her yard,
but I was always taught to teach them to wear them. She doesn't have a
friend in her yard but she does have a horse in a yard across from her..
I hope you could possibly help me.
Thanks Jaimie smile emoticon
More info needed....age breed etc etc
She is a thoroughbred finished racing a month/6weeks ago didn't have
much of a career only a 4year old, i didn't want to start working her
till she had settled in, thought she would have started to settle by now
I haven't changed her feed she's on the same as she was before she come
to mine, also starting her on something for stomach ulcers when it
which is why I make myself so unpopular with the save the race horse
people. Read this
There are few things You can do. Put it in with a friend, get a sheep,
goat, calf........miniature......hobble train but use them only in an
ADVANCE and RETREAT proper training mode by removing them the moment the
horse settles and repeat repeat hundreds of times.
Treat the Horse for Ulcers, Sand, Worms, Teeth. Would You believe many
This comes with the Race Horses Jaimie.
Your Vet is going to Luv You :)
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