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        09-30-2010, 11:42 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    I don't think a horse right off the track is going to be right for you as you're going to have to do a lot of training.


    I agree my horse is so hot. She is full of race blood and she loves to run. A horse that has came of the track wouldnt be a best choice... I would say chose one that hasnt had that race experience

    I have an OTTB and she is CRAZZZY!!!! They call her Loca Lucy at the farm... She is my pride and joy, but only a few people are brave enough to ride her.

    One issue we had when we got her was the straightaways in the ring. When I would go to jump the line she would think it was a race and take off! (we got over this!)

    But my first horse ever was a TB and she was the calmest horse I have ever rode in my life! (she was one of my Barrel Racers too...irony!)

    People say check the bloodline, but also test them out. You can have a horse with a million dollar bloodline and be the hottest horse on the planet. Take your trainer and they will def be able to help you out.

    Also, after you get the horse, try to book your trainer to help school the new horse so you can get it to ride correctly. I like to say that before my trainer Lucys alignment was off so she would drift left after jumps, but now she is straight as an arrow.
         
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        09-30-2010, 11:56 AM
      #12
    Banned
    Horses are individuals, and you can't judge them all on the breed.

    My current TB is 5yrs old, extremely quiet, I have to ride with a whip and use a lot of leg in the canter. His race records show he won $35k, which is not a lot.

    My previous TB was 9 yrs old and a headcase, extremely hot and not particularily safe to ride. She won $9k! Go figure!

    So my quiet horse is younger, off the track only a few months, and won more money. My crazy horse was older, years off the track and won hardly anything. So their racing history means nothing, it is down to the individual personality and temperment of the horse.
         
        09-30-2010, 12:59 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I have a tb who has turned out to be amazing, I do the jumpers with him, but he has done the hunters when he went to his first two shows. Definitely get a pre-purchase, you never know what those legs really look like. Utilizing your trainer is very wise, especially for a first horse. Many tb's can jump high, I do the adult jumpers with mine, and may move up. I have known some to do the junio/ao jumpers. Others can max out at 3', just make sure it is a horse you like, that you are comfortable on and that is something that is going to help you achieve what you want to achieve. Good luck in finding your new horse!
         
        09-30-2010, 05:46 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Horses are individuals, and you can't judge them all on the breed.

    My current TB is 5yrs old, extremely quiet, I have to ride with a whip and use a lot of leg in the canter. His race records show he won $35k, which is not a lot.

    My previous TB was 9 yrs old and a headcase, extremely hot and not particularily safe to ride. She won $9k! Go figure!

    So my quiet horse is younger, off the track only a few months, and won more money. My crazy horse was older, years off the track and won hardly anything. So their racing history means nothing, it is down to the individual personality and temperment of the horse.
    My last TB won well over 100K and was very successful. But he's was very laid back guy. Of course he had his competitive moments the first few times we showed in a flat class, but once he figured out the game, I rarely had a problem with it. A mare I retrained that had a total of 5 starts and no go was an absolute nut case. She'd gallop off at any chance. Chestnut TB mares.... agh!
         
        09-30-2010, 06:12 PM
      #15
    Started
    My first horse was a tb gelding. He is the best all around horse. We do HUS and WP and EP and Gaming events. Of course we havent shown in quite a few years but we did a lot of barrel racing the first couple of years. He was an Eventing horse. He only won 24k on the track
         
        09-30-2010, 06:18 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    My first horse was an OTTB thoroughbred. But, he was 17 and he was really level headed. He actually went to Spruce Meadows a few times with Hunter Jumpers.
         
        10-01-2010, 02:47 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    My OTTB was a fail... he didn't win anything! Haha Everybody is like "mine won 24k, mine won 100k" haha who cares!

    Anywho, my tb is LAZY! He's getting better, but you would never be able to tell that he was on the track. For a first horse, I wouldn't recommend fresh of the track. My OTTB has been of the track for... lets see... about 8 or 9 years? So it's been quite awhile. I would only recommend an OTTB for a first horse if it has had at least 2 years off the track and has been retrained. The plus side of OTTB is that they are pretty good with travel, but as always, that doesn't go for every horse.
         
        10-03-2010, 07:26 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Tb's can be great, it just depends on their temperament, time off the track and training so far. :) my mare is an amazing jumper, she is only 15.2 but jumps waaaay better than some of the 16-17hh eventers!!
         

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