I have to give some background info so you know my experience level. I am returning to riding after quite a few years. As a young girl I rode english and was involved in showing and hunting. When I was 7 my first horse was a cob paint gelding. I got him from the woman who gave me lessons, she was a friend of my parents and neighbor. She worked at an academy and he came from the academy. He was gentle and well trained.
My next horse when I was a teen was a thoroughbred bay gelding who came from the same woman--her daughters had grown up and married and no longer showed. So my parents got him for me. I rode him until I was 16.
Parents sold farm and we moved to the city (yikes) and no more horses for me. In my twenties I rode at a stable and took 'lessons' there. The 2 sisters bred arab quarter crosses and they were wonderful horses to ride.
I gave up riding due to finances and but now I am 48 and can afford it, I am going to a local stable where they let me take 'lessons' which is good because I am getting my feel for the saddle and horse again. But its boring riding in the ring and mostly kids are riding there.
So my hubby suggested that we get 2 horses and start riding together. He knows how to ride too. I have had it in my mind for years that if I were ever in a position to get a horse again I would adopt an off track ThBred or StBred. Now some people are telling me its a huge mistake they are crazy and unpredictable.
I would have thought that off track horses would be very well trained--and accustomed to many different people (grooms, trainers, exercise riders etc), grooming/shaving, leg wrapping and travelling in a trailer. I also know some of the rescue organizations evaluate and re-train them for second careers. Oh, we want to ride them for trail riding, maybe even competitive trail riding.
Does anyone have experience with adoption of off track horses or any resuces and can tell me about what they have been through with these horses?
BTW - I have many many years of canine rescue experience, while not horses, there are still issues around abuse or neglect of the animal which takes alot of consideration when getting them to adapt to new environments.
Thks - alison