Im not keen on the tb or any of the lighter breeds. I like them but I would never own one, I love the heavier breeds myself the shire, suffolk punch, clydsdales all of them have great temperments and are great to ride ,drive and show :)
It's hard to generalise with breeds but with what I've seen of thoroughbreds I really don't like them. Sure, they're beautiful and alot of the have potential to do pretty much anything from dressage, to jumping and hacking. But really, the beautiful, filled out and well behaved ones you see in the show ring or competing have taken alot of work. I'm talking literal blood, sweat and tears.
My ott has taken 8 months to fully retrain, feed up and have him in show condition. So much work has been put into him. I've cried alot, been though alot of pain, gotten my hands and fingers torn and swollen, but havent fallen off, thank god. But it really has been worth it. He's never been unplaced, everybody loves him and he's just a pleasure to own now.
But I guess it depends on the individual horse but alot are like this.
Keeping in mind that the above was stated for ones that ahve raced a fair bit. The less they raced the easier it will usually be. Although my friend has an unraced thoroughbred and she's still stupid at her first couple of outings (unlike mine, who raced for 7 years and was an angel at his first outing) and is a b**** to ride.
I absolutely love tb's! I love all horses but Tb's are definitely my favorite! I just love their energy and athletic ability and drive! They are so determined and strong but beautiful and elegant at the same time. I could go on and on and on.
Yeh I love my ottb heaps. He is the most gentle and loving horse I could ever own. Thoroughbreds all the way they are my favourtie breed. ( I was lucky my boy was only race for a year and has been easy to retrain.)
I have owned and worked with many OTTBs. I have never had one I disliked. Unfortunately my pocket book won't allow me to own a hard keeper right now that costs an arm and a leg to feed, so I don't own a TB now. I own a Morgan now that could survive off of air. If it weren't for the feed bill, I'd always own a TB.
I have a thoroughbred, he's such a sweetie, with a wonderful personality. He still has those random TB moments, where he trots in place, and won't walk. But he is a doll, and has a dreamy trot an canter once he calms down. Heres my boy, his name is Echo, he's 4 years old, 16.1hh, and raced only once :
I love him to peices. He's hard to train, but in the end, it will all be so worth it! I've seen him improve greatly in the past 3 months, and hopefully it will all come together!