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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2011, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Riding a TB vs a QH and my intro...

ok, so this is my first time here.
I wanted a non-my-wife opinion on this subject. The reason I say that is my wife is a very experienced horsewoman and sometimes doesnt realize all that she does without even thinking about it.

Here is our deal. My wife is a barrel racer, and we have 5 horses.
I used to think of myself as quite the rider, and then I met her and realized all I was doing was sitting and steering...the horses I had ridden were all old professional trail horses. The bad thing about learning how little I knew...is that I lost some of my confidence. lol.

So far in my life I have had a 1/2 Arab (first horse that was all mine.) I started him at 3 and he was great...but the bounciest and lumpy ride at a trot. I used to think it was me...so my wife rode him and she was like, hes horrible to ride. lol. We found him a home that was an "Arab" home, and they loved him. Since then I have been riding pretty much Paints and QH's. for the last 6 years though I have not ridden much at all (1-6 times a year). We had a daughter and since my wife is so active with Barrel Racing, I did a lot of babysitting while she rode. Now we have a big old 17yr old gelding for my daughter and shes old enough that I can start ridding more again.

That brings me to today. I want to start ridding a lot more this year. My wife has suggested that I ride Bashful. He is an OTTB...BUT...he was only raced 4 times, and they decided that he was too slow. After about 6 months off my wife rode him, and hes a pretty good little trail horse she says. He is not a giant...hes 15.1...maybe 15.2.

My question is, how different would he be as far as ridding then what I do now. I know TB's have sensitive or thin skin...but other than that...how different would it really be as far as the gaits and things like that? Really I want a trail horse. That is most of what I actually do. Go down the roads around our house...maybe a couple times a year go to the State Rec area and camp with the horses for a night etc. The possible exception is that I MIGHT want to do mounted Shooting. I have thought about it for a few years...but dont know if I will ever really find the time to do it. hahaha.

What do you think? Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-15-2011, 02:04 PM
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Must admit when I read the first paragraph of your post I wondered briefly if it was my hubby posting on here LOL!

I wouldn't be too concerned with breed as much as disposition and how you personally vibe with the horse as an individual. Though I must admit I am partial to my quarter horses :) If I was looking for a trail mount, I would give all of your option horses a test drive and see who you are the most confident and comfortable riding and see how each horse handles themselves in different situations. I've ridden several TBs over the years and enjoyed them, but haven't found them to be as relaxed or unflappable as the stock type breeds but like any breed we can't pigeon hole a particular horse just because of breed hype. If mounted shooting is in the future, imo disposition would play an even bigger role in picking the right horse.

My husband only trail rides also. He rides a 17 yr old qh mare that is a retired reiner/working cow horse. She is one who handles any situation with a grain of salt. He has built lots of confidence on her and now partners with her to be the leader when I take greenies trail riding for the first time.

And from a wife point of view, sounds like your wife is pretty knowledgable and you should definitely take her opinions into account, pretty sure that is like a law or something....Happy Trails :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-15-2011, 02:43 PM
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I've rode both TBs and QHs, and honestly with the right horse I can't see much a difference. The TBs I've ridden have been rather old, 2 of them over 20. But the still seemed pretty chill for a normal stereotype of the hot headed, just wanna run TBs. They weren't off the track as far as I know. One was an older dressage horse, who just stood in the middle of the arena obediently and practically fell asleep while I had my lesson on my POA gelding. There were horses moving around but that old guy never took a step. Next was my friend's horse. She was a gentle giant, or at least seemed really giant to me then. She stood there as kids crawled all around her, and was used as a trail horse. Then that horse's daughter, who was only green broke. She let my friend crawl all over her, and even ride her. She's only been saddled a few times but has been ridden many times. But they were pretty good horses, and with the right personality any breed can be a great horse. Some have a more common personality then others, but you can still find one great horse.
I've ridden a buttload of QHs, and would prefer them any day simply because I have ridden them so often. My friend has a quarter horse that I rode who was an excellent barrel racer and is really good at eating. I've actually fallen off more quarter horses than thoroughbreds, but that's because I only fell of a QH once because he spooked. Out of the 3 or 4 thoroughbreds I've ridden I've never fallen off, but that's sort of a dumb statistic because I've ridden alot more quarters.
Out of every breed you can find some good, some bad, and some ugly. But either way I don't think you'll have to much problems transitioning to a TB. I've heard alot of OTTBs being pretty good horses. Especially since this guy is a bit slow it might make it better for a trail or pleasure riding horse. Most OTTBs just need more experience in learning how to have more than one speed, but since he hasn't raced all that much maybe he won't be stressed with learning something new.
I think your horse will do just fine, just work with him a bit to give him a refresher on easy riding and you should be good to go. I think every horse has alot of potential to do just about everything.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-15-2011, 05:22 PM
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It's more the horse then the breed. If all you want is to get on and ride a few times per year, I would go with a stock horse (QH, Paint, Appaloosa) or even a gaited horse.

I find those breeds to be more trackable. That being said, one of my riding partners has an OTTB that he got right off the track 9 years ago and takes that gelding out only once or twice per week and the horse is the same whether he is ridden once per week, once per month, or every day - but I consider him an exception for a TB.

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my opinion is stick with the quarter horses, stock horses. Reason being, I would like to consider myself an 'intermediate' rider doing english and jumping. I have ridden all sorts of horses in my lifetime and used to think that arab's were 'scary' Only until last year when I got the chance to ride one and he was so calm and well behaved (but bouncy like you mentioned yours was) I never had any experience with TB's until this past year either. One belongs to a friend of mine. I rode him at the old barn, only in the arena, and he was great with me. When I took him outside the arena he was a little 'jumpy'. I got to learn that he is just that kind of horse, he doesn't spook 'bad' but he will jump a little at SO many things. When we moved to the new barn his ulcers acted up and I was trying to ride him (I didn't know about his ulcers and neither did his owner at the time) and he was horrible to ride! Wouldn't do a dang thing I asked, constantly tried to yank the reigns out of my hands etc...now his ulcers are cleared up and he's being worked with again but not consistantly and the trainer feels that he needs to be ridden at least 3 times a week to build up and maintain his 'rideability'
The other TB I have ridden was one that I took my very first lesson at the new barn on. He was such a doll, compared to what I had been riding before that. He was sold shortly there-after and left the barn. I was looking for a horse to lease and the trainer told me that he was coming back and I could probably lease him. I asked why he was coming back and she just shrugged her shoulders and said the owner didn't like the place he went to or something. Well he came back and I leased him for a month. He was good the whole time, then the last day of my lease in my lesson, he was acting totally different. Instead of his normal 'lazy' self, he was all high strung and really being forward. I was cantering some poles with him and he kept swapping his leads over the poles and then starting to gallop instead of canter. I tried to get him to circle to slow him down and instead he took off across the field with me, made a short stop to change directions and I ended up in the dirt watching him gallop across the field. Come to find out the reason he was returned was because he was 'crazy'...sigh.
That's my two cents...I just think TB's tend to be a little 'hot' for an inexperienced/unconfident rider
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2011, 08:56 PM
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As much as I love my TB, for exclusively trail riding, the QH is the way to go. Not so much for personality reasons, but you're going to get a much smoother trot and that all popular western jog from the QH. Most TB's have a jackhammer trot and no job speed. TB's are also very hard to fit with western saddles due to their high shark fin withers. Somehow get your wife to change her mind about the TB without ticking her off and find a nice QH.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-21-2011, 08:59 PM
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By the way, if you have a horse loving single brother, send him my way...

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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