07-28-2011, 12:54 AM
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I have an anglo arab... insane horse, if you believe what people say about TB's and Arabs, right? Mix the two together and it's a recipe for disaster?
Could not get a better horse. He is athletic, has the stamina to do minimal training at home and then go to a show and let rip, has great movement, and the best temperament EVER. He's so bold and very little scares him, and when he does get a fright, he calms down straight away.
I love TB's, great horses. Would I buy one straight off the track? I don't think so, I don't have enough experience to be re-training a horse that is potentially very damaged. I would, however, have one that had been given some re-training already and had the basics down. I would not hesitate.
The loopiest horse I ever had anything to do with was a Standardbred! Majority of Standies are forgiving, really quiet, just great beginners' horses, but mine was a nervous wreck.
We used to have a TB mare, she was 16 when we got her and had little to no education. We think she was taken off the track and chucked in the paddock to make babies, until we got her and started to work with her. AMAZING horse, the best temperament and SUCH a sweet mare. We would have bred from her but she had cysts in her uterus and we were advised that it would not be worth spending money to try to put her in foal. She would eventually carry a foal to term if she was run with a stallion, but that was not an option.
I would definitely have another TB. Maybe after Satin's started and trained, I'll find something nice from the track. Maybe I'll save madly and get a nice young (6-7yo) horse already going in my chosen discipline. I haven't decided yet. Maybe I'll just stick with having the one riding horse after Monty's retired.