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post #11 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 09:35 AM
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Tb's are looked down upon where I live:(. People look at me like I'm crazy anywhere I take him. They all have their bulky saddles and qh's, so when I come up riding a huge tb in an English saddle I get some weird looks. I really don't care though because I love him and tb's in general. I get along with them way better than any qh I've ever been around.

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post #12 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 10:10 AM
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I have a TB and he's great. A little antsy at times, but not to the point where its dangerous.
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post #13 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 03:26 PM
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I am having quite the interesting time owning my first OTTB, I must say. I have owned a lot of horses, but since I was doing ranch work with them, most were stock horses. I've had a handful of Arabians, too, but no Thoroughbreds. He is wonderful for the most part in the ring and over fences, but I think I would have killed him by now if I needed to do ranch work with him or cover a lot of miles out in the open. He gets very hot out of the arena and spooks and bolts at everything. He's probably the worst trail horse I have EVER ridden. It's lucky for him that I'm planning on mostly doing dressage. I can completely see why the trail rider I got him from didn't want him. The poor guy just gets so nervous once he's a certain distance from the barn and he just loses his little mind.

The other TBs I have ridden, either that belonged to friends or the university program, were also all pretty hot. They certainly do not ride at all like stock horses. I'm not saying that I would never have another one. The TBs I've ridden try their hearts out at whatever you want them to do. My TB is much better at both dressage and jumping than my old QH mare was, and my trainer and I both agree that the spookiness in the open will probably mostly train out, it just won't happen overnight.

I like TBs a lot for the English disciplines, but I think unless I came across one that was really special, if I were going to ride western again, I'd go back to stock horses.I think understanding what the strengths of these horses are is important. I know some people use them as western horses, and some of them aren't hot and reactive, but on the whole you are much more likely to get a hot and reactive TB than a stock horse, and a hot horse is just an enormous pain for all around ranch work and trail riding.

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post #14 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 04:29 PM
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my first expierence with and OTTB is the one that is being boarded at my place by a friend. She is an absolutely wonderful horse really nice movements and a great trail horse but you can tell she was raced she has speed that none of my horses can even touch while very controllable she is just unbelieveably fast. Often when we go out on a trail ride there are a couple of fields we like to race through and if she isnt in front the OTTB kicks up into a speed that you didnt even know she had and gets in front as fast as she can and she puts her whole heart into everything she does. Though the bad things are she can be a bit witchy saddling and her feet are absolutely terrible I say all the time I wish she had my mustangs hooves
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post #15 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 04:44 PM
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TB's are probably my least favorite breeds of horses. I have worked with many OTTB and not. I find them to be very fractious and light boned. I know there is a lot of great TB's out there. However, how they look, how they ride, how they feel, how they think about things, just isn't my cup of tea.
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post #16 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 04:47 PM
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I personally LOVE thoroughbreds I have an OTTB and she has her hot moments (she is a mare) but she puts her heart in everything she does she gives you her all. She's an awesome girl and wouldn't trade her for the world.
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post #17 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 06:22 PM
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I love them and I think they are beautiful horses. My OTTB does spook a little more than the Appy & QH, but it's because no one took the time to expose her to different things. She has made great progress with us, good trail horse, great with kids and beginners. She has good bone, an easy keeper, decent feet and is not hot at all. A few people told us we were crazy for buying a TB and an Appy. No regrets here!
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post #18 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 07:29 PM
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I really like thoroughbreds as a breed, and I find that OTTB's are usually very well-rounded horses with a good foundation on them already. They're already used to being handled and they have been exposed to so much on the track. I have never met an OTTB that would not stand politely for the vet, farrier, bathing, clipping etc. And because of their time on the track, they tend to take to chaotic show scenes well. I have known some to be a bit sensitive and flighty about some things, but it's possible to train a lot of that out.

I do agree about the hoof thing though. I have known a lot of thoroughbreds with some terrible, weak hoof walls, and chronic lameness problems. Some are super strong and sound, and others are just not, so you have to be careful with what you buy and make sure they're going to hold up in your discipline. However, this is true of many breeds.

I also prefer a horse with a bit more substance. This is why prefer a TB/draft cross (particularly 3/4 TB and 1/4 draft). There are some nice, big, almost warmblood-type pure thoroughbreds out there too. I would have to hunt for one of those if I were shopping for one.

My grandfather's oldest OTTB is a nice, big girl. I would claim her in a heartbeat if it weren't for the cyst in her throat that makes it hard for her to breathe during exercise.


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post #19 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 08:06 PM
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I've noticed that the 'crazy' throughbreds are the ones who don't get enough turnout. For instance, there's a lady at my barn who has two. Both were on inside board and were hot, spooky, excitable and honestly just terrible all around on the ground and saddle. At the request of me (a groom) and my boss she switched them to all outside board and now they're as placid as anything else. Don't have anything against the breed but I always make sure the ones in my care get enough turnout (which in my case amounts to 24/7)

^obviously this isn't true for ALL of them but just something I've found is a pretty big factor.
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post #20 of 41 Old 07-20-2014, 08:22 PM
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I've noticed that the 'crazy' throughbreds are the ones who don't get enough turnout. For instance, there's a lady at my barn who has two. Both were on inside board and were hot, spooky, excitable and honestly just terrible all around on the ground and saddle. At the request of me (a groom) and my boss she switched them to all outside board and now they're as placid as anything else. Don't have anything against the breed but I always make sure the ones in my care get enough turnout (which in my case amounts to 24/7)

^obviously this isn't true for ALL of them but just something I've found is a pretty big factor.
This is true of a lot of breeds though. We have 8 horses in our barn, 2 TB's, 3 Appaloosas, 2 Gypsy Vanners, and 1 Shire/TB cross. All of our horses go a little stir crazy if they have to be inside for a day or two due to the weather, even the gypsies and apps. The only one that I have never seen get excitable without turnout is the Shire cross. She couldn't care less where she's housed, as long as she has food. Lol.

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