I’m not a huge COTH forums poster, but I do browse it several times a week. One day I stumbled on a thread that essentially said; “OTTB is not a breed. Thoroughbred is a breed. It annoys me when someone uses OTTB as if it were their horse’s breed.”
Reading this, it occurred to me that I am one of those people.
And why not? I like the “OTTB” label. It’s kind of like being in a club where horse people around have an impression of where you stand. Often times you’re a hard working amateur that doesn’t have a deep pocket book. Maybe you’re an animal rights person that chooses to rescue instead of breed? Maybe you love a spitfire of a horse. There are a lot of “maybes”, but the OTTB label says something… and that’s why I think I use it and others do as well.
On the flip side, do I really qualify? Simon is tattooed, but he never raced. The best internet sleuth I know found out that he did two official timed workouts at the track – one fast, and one not. His breeder told me that they decided to stop his race training when they got a diagnosis of loose/locking stifles due to conformation. He’s almost eight years old, and has spent more time being lame in a pasture or doing hunter/jumper arena work than he ever did racing. He has show miles. He is not hot, nor has he ever been.
At what point do I lose my OTTB label? Is it time to just call him a Thoroughbred? Does anyone besides people on COTH even care?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to trash my OTTB saddle pad and car decal… but it is interesting to me. My ultimate showing goal with Simon is to do the Take2 classes offered at a few of our A shows, which are divisions limited to race bred Thoroughbreds only. You have to show various forms of proof, like a tattoo or registration papers, in order to be able to enter. With that in mind, does he ever lose his OTTB status?
For those of you with similar horses, what are your thoughts on the question?