Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I own an ex-racing TB, and while I love him to death and plan to keep him for the rest of his life, the majority of these horses simply aren't bred for longevity or long-term health.
Not all of them are hard keepers, and if they've been retrained properly once they come off the track they've learned NOT to lean on your hands. My JJ is a fairly easy keeper, but of course he eats much more than my two Arabians. A 17 h horse is a BIG animal, and I hope you're not a newbie first time horse owner. My TB is considered 'small' at 15.3 h, and he still out eats the Arabs by quite a lot.
TBs are prone to ulcers, as well as having shelly feet. Many of them need to be shod all the way around their whole lives, some only need front shoes, and very few can go completely barefoot. They're bred for speed, not good feet.
They also appears to be more sensitive to allergens, and like certain people, may need allergy medications during the high pollen seasons.
Many of them have old track injuries that will come back to haunt them as they get older, and they can wind up with crippling arthritis and kissing spines. Are you prepared to love and care for a horse for many years who may wind up crippled and unrideable sooner than you expected?
So, if you're looking for an easy keeper that's not going to need shoes, can eat less than stellar food, and won't require anything much past the yearly vaccines to keep him healthy, you might want to pass.
All of that being said, they tend to be lovely, people oriented horses who will try their hearts out for their humans. Once you have a TB's respect, loyalty, and affection, you'll generally have it for life.
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Last edited by Speed Racer; 08-27-2012 at 03:51 PM.