Interesting question. I know of a few who cannot be in cross ties, although I have no idea why. Mine is fine in them as are other TBs at my barn. Maybe some of the racing barns never use them and the horses were just never trained that way?
I can tell you why. TBs are abused horribly on the track and a lot of the abuse happens in the cross ties.
Yeah, kinda need some actual evidence if you're going to make a broad statement like that. My horse was stabled at Belmont and Saratoga. I think both of those tracks would take offense to your statement.
I would expect it is more dependant on each individual horse. If you went out and bought an appy or a morgan or a perch who had never been in the crossties....you might not want to cross tie them right away either. They can be trained to stand there eventually.
TheLovedOne--have you seen TB's abused in crossties, or is this just a rumour? Most people I know in the racing industry, albeit the Standardbred racing industry, don't try and draw attention to themselves in view of a lot of other people. Beating a horse in the cross ties would be a good way to get a fine. It's easier to do it in a stall where other people can't see what is going on..... <---not saying it happens, but just saying in general terms.