Evaluating The Off The Track Thoroughbred For Purchase


Join Bernie Traurig on a shopping trip for retired racehorses in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky. As a huge advocate for the Thoroughbred, Bernie supports the efforts of those who work to give former racehorses new careers. He discovered one such program that sets the gold standard for reschooling Off The Track Thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, where tremendous care is given to the selection and training of these wonderful equine athletes and finding them suitable new homes. Because of the unique nature of this facility, Bernie is able show us the process he uses to evaluate a horse and predict its potential as a prospect for the jumping sport.  At this facility, one is able to get a broad overview of the horse’s temperament, soundness, movement and jumping talent in various ways. Bernie was able to observe the horses at rest in the stall, in hand, free jumping in the hitchcock pen as well as under saddle in the arena. People in the market for an OTTB don’t always get the opportunity try a horse so thoroughly, that is what makes the MMSC such a gem.

Running time: 49 minutes and 56 seconds


Links to videos referenced in this video:

A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse

The Ideal Hunter Type presented by John French



This video sponsored by Voltaire Design

Bernie Traurig - Click here to view his bio and other video topics
Susanna Thomas
Catherine Flowers
Erin Strader
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: Visit their website:

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