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  • What breeds are track horses

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    07-28-2012, 12:52 PM
  #11
Foal
I've ridden Quarter horses all my life and they're a favorite of mine. My horse Sampson has professional western pleasure training on him and I still show him in hunter jumpers and he does great! They are extremely versataile and do well in the show ring western or english!
     
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    07-28-2012, 02:13 PM
  #12
Green Broke
You can get a Paint with heavily-QH bred lines (or you could go for a Paint with half-QH and half-TB bloodlines and get all your choices at once... except for the off-the-track part )

HYPP is only an issue if the horse traces back to Impressive. If the horse is registered, you can look at the pedigree up through the year Impressive was born (1969) to see if he's in there. Even if Impressive is there, you can get the horse tested as a condition of the sale to be sure it's HYPP N/N. Don't take the seller's word for it if the horse traces back to Impressive- either confirm with the registry that the horse has been tested N/N or have your own vet do the bloodwork.
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    07-28-2012, 02:36 PM
  #13
Yearling
The Impressive lines are also not the only to watch for. In QH's you also want to be sure to have the HERDA testing for horses that go back to Poco Bueno.

That said, it is a small price (testing costs less than $50) for such a versatile breed. Also, these should be tested for any crosses including paints and appendix QH's if they go back to these horses somewhere.

Quarters are my first and greatest love. But as said above, pick for the horse, not the breed. (within reason)
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    07-28-2012, 02:41 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I have Paints. They are wonderful I think. But I want a qh too. So I wouldnt take the opinions of other forumers. Here. I would do some research. For all you know. You could find the perfect horse for you, and it could be a breed you haven't considered:)
     
    07-28-2012, 03:12 PM
  #15
Foal
I would personally look for what it's trained to do and it's current knowledge vs. what you are capable of teaching it. Then get a grouping of horses that I like for sale and pick from them, whether it's an OTTB, Appy, Arab or QH.
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    07-28-2012, 04:01 PM
  #16
Trained
Alright this might be a little picky but remember an "OTTB" is not a breed. You can get a racing-bred and racing-trained Thoroughbred that's never raced and many people would still consider it to be an "OTTB". You can also get a Thoroughbred that has nothing to do with the track. OTTB's often have other problems in addition to racing-related injuries. A lot of them break down earlier in life because racing is hard on their bodies. Many have huge holes in their training that can make them incredibly dangerous for those inexperienced with a track horse.

A Morab isn't a breed either - it's a Morgan-Arabian cross. IMO, with crosses, you have to be very careful because many people will just stick two horses together without thought to conformation or temperment. They'll just think of two pretty colors that might make a third pretty colored horse or something else. You'd want to pay close attention to the pedigree of each side and see if there's anything there - good or bad.

If you're going to be a more western all arounder, a QH or Paint or even Appy would do great, especially if you're heavily into competitive gaming. Not to say other breeds wouldn't perform well, but stock horses are going to be naturally better at stock horse things.

If you're more of an english all arounder, you can still do with a QH Paint or Appy, but if you're going to be competitive then other breeds may be better for you.

Mainly it comes down to what specifically you want to do and how competitive you want to try to be.
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    07-28-2012, 04:27 PM
  #17
Green Broke
What does ottb stand for? Lol on the track breed? Hehe
     
    07-28-2012, 04:49 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by shaggy    
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...
     
    07-28-2012, 04:51 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by barrelbeginner    
what does ottb stand for? Lol on the track breed? Hehe
"ottb" stands for "off the track thoroughbred". :)
     
    07-28-2012, 04:54 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I was closeee!
     

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