Originally Posted by Speed Racer
If she was a 'hell of a racehorse', there's your problem. Horses who are successful on the track are never going to be laid back and easy going. They have a fire and spark that was necessary to race well, but doesn't translate to a life of trail riding.
I have an ex-racing TB. He was abysmally bad as a racehorse, which is why he makes a great hunter pace/trail horse. If he had been successful at racing, he'd never have transitioned well into a much slower lifestyle.
I'd agree with you in 90% of cases but two of the best school and trail horses I knew were top racehorses in their day. But they had been retrained by someone who was a very
old hand at that sort of thing. They were fantastic horses, would always take care of their riders, whatever their level. But I do agree that it takes a lot of expertise to bring a horse that was a real goer at the track back to work as a great trail or school horse.