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    11-09-2011, 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    

Guess you aren't a TB lover!

Our OTTB is 2 for 3 in your little synopsis....he is overbred and good only for galloping!

His conformation, however, is specatular....or so we've been told by our farrier and our vets...
Haha Beauseant! My boy is a lovely TB, people who don't know he's TB have commented on 'that beautiful big grey WB Kayty has' He's got beautiful conformation, a stunning temperament, brilliant paces and an amazing brain. He would piaffe 'till the cows come home, has an azmazing uphill, scopey canter, the trot is to die for. I was offered over AU$10 000 for him when I first got him off the track and he was only training prelim dressage, simply off photo's and video of him working from my facebook page.

In saying that, I was EXTREMELY lucky to get a TB with those attributes. Faye is absolutely right in her comment, when you look at how many TB's are bred every year, a very small percentage actually make it as good performance horses after racing. Its not about hating the breed, its truth. They are bred like they're going out of fashion!
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    11-09-2011, 01:48 AM
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And horses like kaytys are the reason I said MOST and not all.
I do know a couple of realy nice retrained racehorses who are amazing. However the vast majority are thick as 2 short planks and a bit of a conformational car wreck.
A friend has an ex race horse and she has been through hell trying to retrain him, Trying to get him to go in any vague type of outline is like trying to get blood from a stone. She has had serious dressage riders try and school him on and they all send him back after a few weeks saying that he is too thick to pick it up. He can gallop though and so she has decided to hunt him! He could make a reasonable riding club show horse if she could get the schooling into him but it just won't compute.

Every race horse I've met is sooo **** fragile, they always have some sort of injury. They seem to go randomly lame before big events and have attacks of stupidity at random intervals.
So no you could say i'm not a fan of the TB.
    11-09-2011, 02:00 AM
On the topic of ex-racers ... I also have to say that most of the Aussie eventing team was, is and probably will be, is made up of predominantly ottbs - and you know what? We've won Olympic gold on multiple occassions on these horses ;)
But again, they are the exception, not the majority!
    11-09-2011, 07:51 AM
Hmmmmmm.... TBs (mostly often OTTBs of course) seem to be the most popular breeds for eventing around here (and not just eventing). And most I've seen look and perform lovely. May be in UK the majority are badly conformed and good only for galloping. Definitely not around where I live.
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