He doesnt act at all like a thoroughbred. He is quieter than most 18 year old horses I know. Luckily kirby never made it to the track, I dont even think he was even started. The woman who saved him from going for meat, started him, He is already used to bags, tarps, signs, bridges, barrels, poles, etc...... Its gotten to the point he wants to play with them all, if a tarp is on the ground he loves walking on it and trying to dig it, lol. I do a little lunging, I usually lung without the line in a closed area so he is able to build muscle more evenly. I do lead him using long lines but I find he already knows it and it bores him. Im going to try riding him out of the arena next time I go out, maybe that will be a new experience, Im not worried at all because I lead him all over the property already even out onto the road to get him used to it. His old owner even walked him on trails to get him used to it. I wish I had trails to take him on but my stable doesnt have any.
I am taking it very slow Ive even taken steps back in his training from where his old owner was because I want to let him grow more. Im never on him more than about 15 minutes and I always mount from a height so I never put strain on his back. I havent bought a saddle for him yet because I know he is going to change over the next year or two so Ive been using one at my barn that fits him the best for now.