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post #1 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thoroughbreds have more "go"?

I'm looking to buy a horse and my friend told me that she liked thoroughbreds, but they had too much "go" for her. What exactly did she mean by that? Does it make that much of a difference compared to other breeds of horses?
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:29 PM
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TBs like to go. Most of them anyway. But it really depends on what you want to do with your horse. Like do you just want to trail ride? Or do you want to jump? If you want to do it all. I would recommend a quarter horse. Most QHs are calm and are a do it all horse. I also like the Tenn Walkers. They are a very versatile horse as well. My walker did everything from show jumping to pole bending. If you want to do jumping I would say get a TB.

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post #3 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was leaning towards Quarter Horses because I want to do more than jumping. I was just thinking, I am a fairly gentle rider (my last horse was extremely sensitive to mouth and leg aids), so would Thoroughbreds be difficult for me?
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:40 PM
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no they wouldnt b difficult if you find the right one but that's with all horses. Don't shop by breed just shop by the horse for example both of my TB's are deadheads most of the time and you can't spook them but when we start jumping they kick into action (go) but I can take them on trail rides and have loose reins and I've had both of them for 6yrs my younger one I got when he was only 4

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post #5 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:42 PM
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It's not the breed, it's the individual horse you need to focus on.

I have a very calm, cool, collected TB gelding. He's only 6 y/o, and is just going to get more calm and laid back the older he gets. I'd trust him with a youngster or my 90 y/o granny; he's that quiet.

TBs are specifically bred to run, so of course they're going to have more 'go' than some other breeds who aren't bred that way. But not all of them are crazy, warped, running machines who will take off on you if you so much as breathe on them.

There are calm, laid back individuals of all breeds, just as there are crazy, reactive, and over sensitive ones in every breed. Don't look at a breed when looking for a horse, look for an individual animal capable of what discipline you want to ride.
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My 6 year old TB is lazy lazy lazy.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 04:45 PM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum!!!
TBs, in general, have high levels of energy and love to run.
When looking for a horse, you need to look at what type of riding you will be doing. Do you ride around cattle? Or do you do a lot of dressage? Depending on what Disipline/Type of riding you do, you will find there are breeds more suited to your riding style.
Quarter Horses, Paints, Appoloosas, and Mustangs are the most popular breeds for western/trail riding because of their conformation and general temperments.

Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds are the main choice for English disiplines.

Arabian/ Arab crosses are popular mounts for endurance and trail because of their hardiness and limitless energy

Draft type horses and draft crosses are used for driving, but they are becoming popular mounts in western and english.

There will always be exceptions to breed "standards". Some QH's are extremely gifted jumpers, and I have seen a few Arabians in the sorting pen. Just make sure when you have decided on a breed, the the horse you choose is within your capabilities of handling. And don't limit your search to just one breed. You may really want an Appy, but you may find a TB that is perfect for you.

Good luck with your search and hope this helps you out!!!

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 05:21 PM
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I think it definitely depends on the horse I have met some crazy TB's and met some extemely calm ones such as mine he is also a 6yr OTTB and you would never know it.. I can barely get him to trot he's so lazy and when he canters its this goofy SLOW canter lol
YOu just need to look around for something that suites you and your needs. I think almost any breed can fit that just have to look for the right horse.. Good Luck
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 05:48 PM
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It's actually quite possible to find TB's and Arabs as well that are incredibly calm & beginner safe so I wouldn't shy from the breed as a whole.
It's true TB's are bred for racing & therefore are meant to be hot and excitable with large reserves of energy but that doesn't mean all will.
I've met MANY quarter horses who were absolutely bonkers and hot-tempered so I wouldn't stick to looking at a particular breed.

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post #10 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 10:38 PM
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TB's in general are bred to have an enhanced flight response compared to most other breeds. They are 'designed' to run fast. Not helped by many race trainers feeding them up on high protein feeds and keeping them stabled 24/7.
MOST tb's particularly ott WILL be hotter than many other breeds. I've been lucky and found a very quiet, lazy one. However they are liable to just 'snap' out of the blue. I've been unlucky enough to have sat on a few of these 'snap' moments on clients horses. It is plain scary when they completely lose control of their own brain. It has only ever been tb's that I have witnessed losing control to this degree.
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