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    01-30-2009, 12:14 PM
New thoroughbred

Hello everyone I recently sold two of my horses so I was down to one, my haflinger. But my uncle is selling me one of his thoroughbreds who has to much of a quarter horse build to him for racing. He's only 4 but has been trained to saddle and is starting to ride. I had surgery on my foot so I won't be able to ride him until after feb. 17th but he is going to be dropped off within next week. He's calm for a thoroughbred. No worries . I will probably beusin him for jumping and pole bending. But I was curious as so the different things to do with him. Any ideas or hints and tips?
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    01-30-2009, 03:54 PM
I dunno, hafta see him move and whatnot. I personally don't think you can't do something just because it isn't traditional with the breed, but you mite lower the expectations of excelling in something that it isn't really bred for.

I know lots of TBs that can't jump due to injuries and whatnot, but still kick butt in hunter pleasure classes at shows, and make great horses for hacking out.

Best of luck, next time have pics!
    01-30-2009, 04:51 PM
If he hasn't done any racing at all, that you won't need to do any of the "re-training" people do with TB's to convert them into hunter-jumpers dressage horses. However, to become a reliable riding horse, it sounds like he needs more solid training of the basics. I would suggest working with a reliable trainer. See how he moves and functions and reacts to contact. If he has good conformation and lots of leg extension, you could do dressage with him. Or possibly he'd be a pretty hunter. You may just want him as a bomb-proof trail horse.

I really cannot say... pics would be really helpful!

Good luck!
    01-30-2009, 07:49 PM
I have 3 off the track horses - they were used by my kids for pony club. Consequently, they did everything.

My old mare was an excellent dressager and could win barrels no problem at all, and a pretty decent campdrafter - she was hopeless at jumping though.

One gelding is an excellent jumper and I was offered a lot of money by someone wanting him for a World Cup mount - but he was my daughters horse and she was enjoying riding him,so he stayed - he was difficult to retrain after 7 years of being a successful racehorse but it was worth the work. He also won prolifically in sporting, could do a blistering barrel time and loved terrorising the cows whilst campdrafting (definately more enthusiasm than finesse).

The other gelding - had he been given the proper chance instead of being a 'spare' - could have excelled in jumping and been a good dressager. He loved sporting. He had one jump school (3 weeks after coming off the track as a 5 yo) and after that he was just dragged out of the paddock when needed and pointed in the direction of whatever was going on and asked to do it. He did, happily and with some success.

To me temperment is everything and the three I have, could (and have) been left in the paddock for months and then just saddled up and ridden without any dramas.

Just train as you would any other horse. I have found thoroughbreds to be excellent at most disciplines because they have been bred to be athletes and a good athlete can usually do athletic things above the average.
    01-30-2009, 10:08 PM
You all are so wise lol. He has never been raced before. Sadly my uncle bought him as a foal and as he grew my uncle saw he wouldn't be much good lol(thats a good thing for me). He's a lazy tb too. I love training horses. I trained 2 of my own horses. So I cannot wait to start with him. I have dialup now (sad) but I tried to upload pics. Let me know if it worked
    01-30-2009, 10:09 PM
Thoroughbred picture by haflinger_cowgirl - Photobucket
    01-30-2009, 10:15 PM
Heres another, haha he looks so lazy.
Thoroughbred picture by haflinger_cowgirl - Photobucket
    02-01-2009, 12:01 AM
I think he looks lovely, very laid back and gentle. Reckon he'll be a real good prospect as a fun allrounder.
    02-01-2009, 12:08 AM
I like his looks, though I'd put a little more weight on him and more muscle!
    02-01-2009, 09:16 PM
Yeah my thoughts exactly :] a plump horse is a happy horse. Thanks guys for your advise and opinions

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