Is 12 yr. old OTTB Old for Barrel Racing? How Long do Thoroughbreds Live? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 12 Old 01-15-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is 12 yr. old OTTB Old for Barrel Racing? How Long do Thoroughbreds Live?

I am wondering if a OTTB of the age of 12 would be considered too old for barrel racing? I would just do small, local shows in my area (maybe 4 a year or something.... noting big although I'd love to if I could). She was born in 1999 and was a race horse in previous years. I heard that Thoroughrebds only live to about 25 years and that's if you're lucky. Is that true? Thanks!



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post #2 of 12 Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 PM
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Horses, like other animals and even people are living longer today. Like us a lot goes into the age that a horse will die.
The good old rule of thumb for most horses is "every day over 25 is a good day". Though as stated, they are living longer now. I have a twenty five year old Quarter Horse mare in fantastic shape who is still a full time riding horse. She may live well into her thirties and she may taken a sudden turn down hill at twenty six.

No, twelve years old is not at all to old to be a barrel horse. What is more important is what condition are his legs in? If he is sound to run around a barrel, go ahead! The above mentioned mare ran poles and barrels until twenty one when I retired her from speed as the sharp turns were getting tough on her. Some may retire sooner, others may keep going.
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TB's don't naturally possess that nice tight turn radius that some other popular barrel racing breeds do. Not really a great fit for most TB's, but if yours is into it, whatever makes him happy.

To answer your other question, I hope mine lives far beyond 25 years.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I've been told TB's aren't the best for barrel racing because of that but it would probably be OK for something small and local?



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Oh sure, TB's can do pretty much anything on a small scale. They are wicked smart and many like to engage their minds with games. I think mine would think barrel racing is a blast. If yours is good at rollback turns and you build up his hind end muscles a bit, he'll probably be good at it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I feel stupid but what are rollback turns? And how could I go about building up her hind end muscles?



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post #7 of 12 Old 01-15-2012, 06:31 PM
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my explaining what rollback turns may come our horrible but I see them as where you take your horse at either a lope or gallop and then stop at a designated point on a dime and then make a tight turn back in the direction which you came from at continuing with either the canter or gallop
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I would assume for barrel racing, a nice tight turn is good. To practice turning, at the walk, even just while you are warming up, do frequent 180 degree changes of direction, but make the horse turn off his hind end, not pulling him around with the reins. Turning on the hind end involves using your legs correctly. Just play with it until you find a leg placement that your horse will respond to and turn around smoothly and compact. It'll probably be inside leg slightly behind the girth and outside leg at the girth to keep him from bulging out his shoulder, but just remember the goal is to turn with your body, not reins. Just google turn on the haunches and rollback turns.

For building muscle, it's as simple as going out into the woods or hilly fields and walking the horse up and down hills in a nice forward marching walk. Not gigantic hills, just enough slope to make if varied terrain.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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He's 16 hh by the way. Also, people keep telling me he may have joint problems from racing. How can I check on this?



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TB's don't naturally possess that nice tight turn radius that some other popular barrel racing breeds do. Not really a great fit for most TB's, but if yours is into it, whatever makes him happy.

To answer your other question, I hope mine lives far beyond 25 years.
I agree with this comment. In general, if they don't have any cross breeding TB's don't really make good barrel horses
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