Thoroughbreds
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds

Thoroughbreds

This is a discussion on Thoroughbreds within the Horse Breeds forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category
  • Would you buy a thoroughbred
  • Riding a thoroughbred thats never raced

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-11-2009, 06:26 PM
  #1
Foal
Thoroughbreds

What do you think about thoroughbred horses? What experiences have you had with them? What have you heard about them? Would you want one yourself? Just curious to hear what you guys have to say.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    01-11-2009, 08:34 PM
  #2
Weanling
I have a TB! I love them! Our barn is about 80% TB. Not all TBs are hot and wired all the time, Joe is actually really lazy, but the thing with him is when he feels good nothing tires him out! They are a very athletic breed can be used in any discipline- jumping, eventing, dressage, barrel race, english/western pleasure, polo, racing, etc... Some may say they are a crazy breed, but personally I love TBs, my fave breed!

     
    01-11-2009, 10:50 PM
  #3
Trained
Hmmm. Personally, I steer clear of thoroughbreds. Now just so everyone know I’m not bashing the breed, these are my personal opnions and experiences, and yes I have known a few really great thoroughbreds, but they are not for me. The main reason is that due to breeding for speed and sacrificing other traits, such as temperament and certain conformation traits, they can have soundness/temperament issues more commonly than a lot of other breeds. Thoroughbreds that have raced are broken in and asked to run at full speed on bones that haven’t knit properly yet and muscles that are still developing, not to mention their mental immaturity for such demanding work. A young horse often doesn’t know when it is tired or under too much pressure, and will simply keep going until it causes itself damage. Because of this, many ex-racehorses will have soundness issues, fear issues, trust issues, or any number of other problems.

I have also found thoroughbreds to be extremely injury prone… I know that is a generalisation, and there are always exceptions. But one thoroughbred I know flipped over and broke his wither, got stuck in a fence, ripped his leg open… Another reared over its yard when playing and broke its pelvis, and too many to mention are always lame, in fences, etc. The hardiness has been bred out of them. They often have problem feet, being weak and brittle and often requiring shoes. A lot of them are super high maintenance, needing more feed than other breeds to maintain a healthy weight.

So personally, I will never buy a thoroughbred. I prefer the hardier breeds, Arabs, ASH, Quarter horses, ponies etc. But there are definitely good thoroughbreds out there, and many bad ones. Thoroughbreds are exactly what some people want, and I’m glad that they match each other so well, but I’ll stick with my low maintenance horses :]
     
    01-11-2009, 11:43 PM
  #4
Started
I have two. One is Renaissance, 28 y/o gelding. He was raced until he was 7. My dad bought him for my best friend when he was 18, and when she could no longer afford him a few years back I took him in. She rides him now and then when she can.

Then the other, Cheyenne, was my first horse, and he's my horsey soul mate :) He's 18 this year and still going great, I'm back into showing him now. I forgot how much I LOVE riding him (didn't ride much for a few years and had young horses to work with when I did). I could NEVER replace him, he is just the perfect horse for me :)

I don't think I'll have another TB though. I much prefer horses in the 13.2-14.1h range, and TBs are taller than that ;)
     
    01-11-2009, 11:53 PM
  #5
Started
I LOVE TB's! But I have to admit, I have only recently become obsessed, because of my first horse, Jubilee - a TB mare. I got her a year and half ago. I love them because they have so much spirit and determination, not to mention beauty. So brave and so athletic. Jubilee is also very laid-back and the epitome of sweetness (I know that is very biased and not all TB's are like that). I think TB's are a more sensitive breed because of their build, so sometimes they can be hard keepers. Also, many TB's find themselves at competitive, show-jumping or dressage barns. They are a common breed used for these disciplines. And since show-jumping, etc is more high-energy and might I say, "dangerous" discipline, the horse itself will of course be prone to more possible injury. That's just my bit. But yes, I love TB's. I think they are great riding partners with hearts of gold. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
     
    01-12-2009, 04:11 AM
  #6
Yearling
Both my horses are TB and I love them very much. They are extremely athletic and loyal and really bond to their owners. My horses are opposites of the spectrum, my mare is unraced, slow, grumpy, "stocky", and short. My gelding an ottb, very friendly, loyal, and lean. I could rant about how much I love my horses for hours (you can go to my barn and look at them if you want), but there are some negatives I can point out as well.

* Most OTTB aren't taught the greatest ground manners and can be somewhat pushy.
* Many are mistreated, some are very headshy and many hate having their ears touched.
* The cues for race horse are different and may take a while to train out.
* Leg problems tend to occure from too much too soon.
* They aren't known to have the best feet.
* Most are high energy horses, many need to be ridden daily.
* Most are heavy on the forehand and all are build downhill (like QHs)
* Many are hard keepers and require extra supplements to keep weight on.
* Many will not grow a sufficient winter coat and will require a blanket (they are also known to be thin-skinned anyway)

That being said I think they are great horses and if you can find one that bonds to you they can be great horses and they can keep in pretty hard work well into their 20's (they tend to mature pretty late)
     
    01-12-2009, 09:39 AM
  #7
Foal
I own a TB. He is a 10 year old TB Gelding. I love him to death!! He has been a great horse for me. However, I do agree that you need to be careful in picking a TB. They can have injuries of off the track and may have some confirmation faults that lead to injury and lameness. My horse has bad arthritis and I have struggled to keep him sound. He is not sound right now and I don't know if he will be able to continue to be able to do what I want to do. That breaks my heart because he loves to jump. It is really hard to see him struggling just to trot. However, overall, I think that TBs are great horses but just like any breed, you need to do you research and be sure you are truely ready for that breed of horse before buying. Also, there are exceptions in every breed. Not all TBs are highstrung (My horse is a little but not nearly as high strung as some).
     
    01-12-2009, 09:50 AM
  #8
Foal
I have a tb mare,chestnut 4yo,petite 16hh
My first horse.
She doesnt like to be groomed or washed.
She is very jumpy and spooks easily but getting better.
Never raced but has been tried.
Has bad feet so has to always be shod.
Can be unpredictable.
Can be extremely lazy when we work,then can canter around the yard
When she wants to lol
But she is really sweet,follow you around and will be cuddled and kissed all day.
Can't comment too much about the breed as she is my first,but I will never sell her.Love her to death.
She was highly strung when I got her but is more chilled these days.
     
    01-12-2009, 11:13 AM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Hmmm. Personally, I steer clear of thoroughbreds. Now just so everyone know Iím not bashing the breed, these are my personal opnions and experiences, and yes I have known a few really great thoroughbreds, but they are not for me. The main reason is that due to breeding for speed and sacrificing other traits, such as temperament and certain conformation traits, they can have soundness/temperament issues more commonly than a lot of other breeds. Thoroughbreds that have raced are broken in and asked to run at full speed on bones that havenít knit properly yet and muscles that are still developing, not to mention their mental immaturity for such demanding work. A young horse often doesnít know when it is tired or under too much pressure, and will simply keep going until it causes itself damage. Because of this, many ex-racehorses will have soundness issues, fear issues, trust issues, or any number of other problems.

I have also found thoroughbreds to be extremely injury proneÖ I know that is a generalisation, and there are always exceptions. But one thoroughbred I know flipped over and broke his wither, got stuck in a fence, ripped his leg openÖ Another reared over its yard when playing and broke its pelvis, and too many to mention are always lame, in fences, etc. The hardiness has been bred out of them. They often have problem feet, being weak and brittle and often requiring shoes. A lot of them are super high maintenance, needing more feed than other breeds to maintain a healthy weight.

So personally, I will never buy a thoroughbred. I prefer the hardier breeds, Arabs, ASH, Quarter horses, ponies etc. But there are definitely good thoroughbreds out there, and many bad ones. Thoroughbreds are exactly what some people want, and Iím glad that they match each other so well, but Iíll stick with my low maintenance horses :]
I agree with this. There are some VERY beautiful thoughbreds out there, but I don't care for their build overall, along with their personalties. I have known Thoughbreds personally and ridden them. They are just not my "cup of tea." I think I will stay with the Curlies lol
     
    01-12-2009, 03:03 PM
  #10
Foal
Thanks for your replies guys. If you have anything else to say about thoroughbreds, keep going, I'm listening. I like hearing peoples opinions.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How about the Thoroughbreds! Mercury Horse Breeds 47 03-15-2011 02:16 PM
THOROUGHBREDS! rezzi Horse Breeds 62 02-11-2011 09:26 PM
Hello I have Thoroughbreds in Virginia Kincsem Meet the Community 2 10-29-2008 08:14 AM
pinto thoroughbreds!?! Jr_lover Horse Breeds 11 02-04-2008 08:21 PM
THOROUGHBREDS ONE MORE TIME :) KrystalDUB Horse Breeds 2 09-11-2007 10:05 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0