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post #1 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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riding ex race horse

I might get to ride an ex race horse today

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 10:11 AM
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On or off the track?
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post #3 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 10:20 AM
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I have an ex-racer standing out in my pasture that I can ride any time I want.
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post #4 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 10:35 AM
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I remember the first time I rode one (many years ago now ha), exciting!

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post #5 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Off the track because its an ex racer.

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 11:24 AM
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My barn owner has 6 I ride all time, and we retrain 1-2 off the track every year. They are typically wonderful mounts, but the majority are very athletic and forward.
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post #7 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 11:36 AM
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We used ex-racers to pony the racers!
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They are typically wonderful mounts, but the majority are very athletic and forward.
And that is a good thing.

I am happy with the leased horse I have (Appendix QH). But my ideal horse would be a 16.5 - 17 hh OTTB with lots of go and a good mind.
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post #9 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 12:17 PM
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And that is a good thing.
I agree, but not for the faint of heart. Personally I love them, but they can be very intimidating to some one used to having to use a lot of leg just to keep the horse going. Many breeds are happy when you ask them to stop, thoroughbreds can go forever, and with the big hearts and work ethic they have, they will try to go forever if you'll let them.
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And that is a good thing.

I am happy with the leased horse I have (Appendix QH). But my ideal horse would be a 16.5 - 17 hh OTTB with lots of go and a good mind.
BTW, meant to write 16.2 hh but my engineer brain is used to writing 1/2 as .5
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