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post #11 of 16 Old 08-21-2013, 03:49 PM
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I LOVE my TB's gaits...honestly, when I first tested him out I couldn't post or sit his trot for NOTHING....I was used to my short lil appy's choppy trot that pushed me out of a saddle. My TB's trot is so floaty that I really have to work and think about it.

I wouldn't trade him or his gaits for all the money in the world or even a warmblood! He's got SUCH a great work ethic, mind, athletic ability, and anything/everything you could ever want in a riding horse.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-21-2013, 04:08 PM
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I think it is great if you get a chance to ride multiple different breeds and even different individual horses. It will certainly improve not only your seat but your "feel" of the horse. You will learn quickly how to compensate for each different horses needs etc..

I rode strictly Saddleseat horses for years. 90 % Saddlebreds and then a few Arabians, Morgans and Friesians mixed in. They all carry themselves in an elevated manner. Then all of a sudden I am tossed onto a Quarterhorse and I felt as though I would flip right off the front of the horse. It was such a strange feeling to me to have the head so far down as I was used to looking between the ears of the horse I was riding. I think a person improves themselves by being open to new experiences. To this day, I still prefer a more upright horse but... I love a good thoroughbred too.
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I'm not gonna argue with you Shoebox--I've only owned 2 OTTB's, but we would periodically race our OTTB gelding against our racing QH and my Arab, and he would take some ground to overtake the other two, then they couldn't catch him, and both the QH and Arab would shoot out full stride.

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I grew up riding lots of thoroughbreds. Actually those were the only kind of horses I rode when I was younger! A lot of people think they are all high strung, but there are a ton of the off the track ones that are super sweet and gentle. I know thoroughbreds that do extreme trail riding and ones that do barrel racing. They are a very versatile breed with consistency and training.
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I grew up riding lots of thoroughbreds. Actually those were the only kind of horses I rode when I was younger! A lot of people think they are all high strung, but there are a ton of the off the track ones that are super sweet and gentle. I know thoroughbreds that do extreme trail riding and ones that do barrel racing. They are a very versatile breed with consistency and training.

This has been my experience as well. In fact, in my old barn it wasn't the thoroughbreds people thought were nuts, it was the Saddlebreds. ha ha Each horse is an individual and people get in trouble when they paint with such a broad brush. I think many people miss out on fantastic horses when they listen to things like "all thoroughbreds are spooky or hyper" when that isn't even close to being true. Sure, there are some that fit that description but many are sluggish and lazy, others are "people oriented" and will do anything to make their owners happy.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I totally agree with them all being individuals! I always liked the idea of maybe rescuing an ottb one day but thought there would never be any way I could handle them because of the bad reputation I had heard of everywhere. This little guy was super mellow (though he did spoon a little at something imaginary while tacking up), easy to control and work with, and just an overall sweetheart.

There may be hope yet for a thoroughbred in my future
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