My friend is currently looking for a horse, and I've been doing most of the internet searching. Even though I seriously was excluding Thoroughbreds from my search, I ran across one that sounds great, training-wise.
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The reason I wasn't looking for TB's is for 2 main reasons. We have never owned any, and all the ones I have met or heard of have been "spirited" and crazy, and very weak. They were also all very accident-prone!
Second, our horses live on 24/7/365 turnout. They need to be able to live off 100% grass and be able to live through the worst storm without a blanket or stall. Also, we would like a barefoot horse, though that is not a killer. We do have good grass, so I don't think that would be too much of an issue for any horse, but they are on just regular round bales in the winter. I live in Pennsylvania, so we don't exactly get blizzards, but it can and does get in the 10's in January early mornings, and sometimes it sleets and then freezes, and when we come out in the morning, our horse's manes and whiskers are covered in ice. They do have a 3-sided shelter though.
So anyways, since I have zero experience with Thoroughbreds, I would like some opinions on, if we bought this mare, could she live outside, unblanketed, on just grass, and preferably barefoot? We do have some shaley soil, but most of our trails are pretty soft, not climbing up boulders or mountains!
The horse would probably be in moderate work, by the way. She is thinking about starting eventing, and they are ridden about 5-6 days a week in the summer, 4-5 in the spring and fall, and probably 2-4 in the winter, though then it would only be little trail rides and rides through snow, and possibly a weekly lesson in an indoor arena. She also might do some small competitive trail rides or endurance rides, so do you think this mare could do that? They would be small, probably no more than 25 miles, usually around 15.
Ok, I've blabbed long enough. There you go, answer! And tell me what you think of the horse, if you want!
Last Note: My friend is probably an intermediate rider. She doesn't need or want a half-dead push-button pony, but she would like a horse she can hop on bareback and just ride in a halter and leadrope.