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post #21 of 27 Old 07-02-2013, 02:28 PM
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Has he ever raced, or been brought up in a racing yard?
If so, that might be the reason he's always on edge.
Also, maybe its his feed?
I'v been given the ride on many thoroughbreds, raced and unraced. Some were stone mad, and others were like lazy riding school ponies!
It really depends on the horses frame of mind, and personality.
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post #22 of 27 Old 07-07-2013, 11:28 PM
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This is my guy. :) Thirteen years old, never raced, and he's been my other half for the past seven years. He sucks at everything. No joke. Can't walk over a ground pole without having a psychotic meltdown. I realized that jumping was not his calling in life after about the tenth time he almost killed me.

We click because we're both disobedient and have a fondness for peanut butter. He's my bud.

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post #23 of 27 Old 07-11-2013, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TheatricalAffair View Post
Love my OTTB! I've had him for 3 months. He just turned 4 years old. He's athletic, quiet, easy-going and I couldn't ask for a more loving, promising, talented young prospect.
This! My boy is 8 and is 4 months off the track. He's a gem.
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-15-2013, 11:48 PM
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This is my girl Smoochie. She is 5 years old, never raced. She is usually very even tempered and willing but she does have a ton of energy! She needs to be worked every day in order for her to stay focused during our rides. Here is a picture from a few months ago before we were consistently working.

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post #25 of 27 Old 07-16-2013, 12:00 AM
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I've only had my TB for less than a month, but he's definitely a GREAT horse. Very laid back, surprisingly. Though he's a very athletic boy. Love him to bits already! I think every breed gets a bad rep. No stigma is true-each horse is an individual.
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post #26 of 27 Old 07-16-2013, 01:12 AM
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I rode a Thoroughbred at a riding stable long time ago
he was 16 hh and the best ride I even rode in an English saddle

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post #27 of 27 Old 07-20-2013, 08:55 PM
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I just bought an OTTB mare, I've broke lots of horses. I ride western mostly, but I jump and I'm hoping to turn this mare into a jumper. She hasn't raced in years and I'm not really sure what to expect. Anyone have any advice on retraining? I've started probably 50 colts (I just turned 22) but they were all young and had nothing done with them, so there were no problems to undo. I have a small round pen and big open spaces to work in. We have lots of things to spook a horse here too, deer everywhere you look. Moose and bear too, and to get down the driveway of the farm my horses are at you have to ride past fields of buffalo. They stampede and go loudly crashing into the trees every time you ride by, sounds like an earthquake. My horses are used to it now but I'm thinking my first ride past them on an OTTB could be interesting. I have several thoroughbreds now, but they are not off the track, so I know how thoroughbreds can be, but am not familiar with racehorses. I've been told OTTBs usually have a bolting problem and usually don't like the feel of your legs. I've also been told you can't slow them down with the bridle, and if she thinks she's supposed to be running full tilt probably leaning back and trying to stop her with me seat would be useless. I took equine science in college and was told that the faster a horses legs are moving the slower it's brain is working!
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