Tb vs Wb in the H/J pen

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    09-05-2010, 01:44 PM
Tb vs Wb in the H/J pen

I was wondering what experiences different people have had with riding Thoroughbred vs Warmblood horses, and which one they prefer and why. I have found that I prefer the Tb, which may partially be because that is what I ride most often (well that and the appendix QH). But yesterday my trainer put me on her Wb hunter (derby prospect), very nice mover, well trained, fantatic jump, but I still found that I didn't enjoy his way of going when I'm up on him (love to watch him though), and have found this to be true with other warmbloods in the past that I have ridden. I feel like they are, in general, heavy movers that you have to kinda bully around but you can't really because of their size. They just seem to need a more aggressive ride. I have preferred the lighter, more sensitive ride of most Tbs where it is more about finesse (sp?) and they just feel lighter on their feet. When I think about it, growing up with the QHs I always prefered the appendix QH to the stockier type of QH, and wonder if this is a holdover from that.

Which one do you guys prefer and why?
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    09-05-2010, 07:32 PM
Like you, I also prefer a TB over a WB for the same reasons. The few WB's I've ridden have really made me have to work just to get the slightest amount of cooperation while the TB's have all been on board with whatever we're doing on a particular day. I don't know much about the overall WB personality, but it's very clear to me that TB's like to work. Whenever I ride another horse, I usually quickly find a stubborn streak, laziness or stiffness that makes the ride anything but fun. I'm always happy to be back on my quick, responsive sports car.
    09-07-2010, 01:39 PM
I agree with you. I love the warmblood I ride, but I feel like she is heavy on her feet, and when she doesnt want to work its so hard to get her to move. I like TBs better because they're lighter and seem more agile and more sensitive.
    09-07-2010, 02:12 PM
Not sure what you mean by H/J pen ? Are we talking hunters or jumpers ?

I prefer WBs in hunters and Tbs in jumpers personally. I know some WBs to be heavy on their feet, but if trained properly [any horse] should not be dull.
    09-07-2010, 02:20 PM
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I feel big when I sit on something that generally has narrower sides (some TB's and QH's) so for me I prefer a warmblood because I feel it fits my body hourglassish figure. The horse I currently ride is actually a Han/TB cross, but he still isnt light on his feet!

I think in the end, it just depends on each individual horse--their personalities and althletic abilities that determines whether they are lighter or heavier on their feet....??

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