soenjer55- lol i know my OTTB con list is lacking I just thought it up tonight and Im going to work more on it tomorrow. and as for competing nothing serious as there are no show barns around here (wish there was tho) which would be another con for the OTTB. I would hate to get a retrained jumper and then it just sit in the field cause I have no where to compete. and i'll have to remember to ask to see papers if I ever go see any QH's!
I wrote that all out and when I hit 'comment', your answers appeared to the other comments, so sorry if I sounded like I didn't read what you said, it was just after, lol!
I think DancingArabian said it better than I could, though. Although quarter horses are very versatile, they tend to do much better with western sports, because that's what they're meant to do (this is a generalization). I would keep what DA said in mind when looking at horses- especially crosses, it's true that a lot of breeders take two horses and hope for the best. With crosses it's just double the genetics to randomly get, and with two different breeds with two different types and ideals, it can get messy... Lol.
But as long as you don't plan on getting competitive in a certain discipline it doesn't really matter what breed the horse is, as long as it fits you.
Also, why does the thoroughbred have to be off the track? I'm a little confused- usually people buy them fresh off the track for a cheap price and train them themselves, but you seem to be looking at already re-trained ones, so I'm a little confused...