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LuvCaesar 01-11-2012 11:27 AM

Anyone ride their Thoroughbred Western?
I have grown up riding Quarter Horses, Appys and Paints so when I decided to shop for a horse again 3 years ago after taking a break from horses for awhile, I was looking mostly at those breeds. However, I ended up getting an older Thoroughbred gelding, Caesar who I adore. I've also ridden mostly western. I don't even own an english saddle. I only trail ride and ride for fun, no showing. Still though, people seem surprised when they find out I ride my OTTB western. Is it really that out of the ordinary? Are there any other Thoroughbred owners who ride strictly Western?

Kimmylikestojump 01-11-2012 11:31 AM

My close friend rides her OTTB Western and does very well. I know she had trouble finding a saddle to fit him but otherwise, he does really well.

SorrelHorse 01-11-2012 11:36 AM

I know a lot of OTTBs that go on to become barrel racers and gymkhana horses. There's nothing wierd about it.

kait18 01-11-2012 11:39 AM

i had an ex racer named lady that was retrained for western :) i loved that big gal she also did medieval times josting(sp) ... but we had the looks from ppl seeing her in western gear plodding down the trail lol

Speed Racer 01-11-2012 11:40 AM

Plenty of folks ride their TBs, ex-racers or otherwise, Western.

Mine is ridden English because that's how I ride. If you ride Western, there's no reason you can't retrain an ex-racer to do Western disciplines.

sarahver 01-11-2012 11:45 AM

Any horse can be ridden any style, don't worry about stereotypes! Welcome back to the horse world, just enjoy your boy and don't worry about what others say :wink:

Given this info:

Originally Posted by LuvCaesar (Post 1303517)
I only trail ride and ride for fun, no showing.

I doubt your horse will question what type of saddle you have on him, whatever is most comfortable for the both of you.

PeytonM 01-11-2012 11:47 AM

Im prolly going to be picking up a 12 year old TB and He will be rode western... he is also a ex race horse.

Endiku 01-11-2012 12:01 PM

We sure do! I've actually found it easier to retrain a ottb western, because it's completely different. The bit, the saddle, everything. The horse has very little association with this sort of thing and so is more willing to 'get down to it' and listen.

Shaniah- 15 year old ottb.

Noah, off the track for about a year. We are now introducing him to the english saddle because we want all of our horses to be as versatile as possible, but his main discipline is western.

(he's the big bay on the right)

yes, we do use english bridles ;) sue us.

PeytonM 01-11-2012 12:35 PM

what bits are you using snaffles?

Endiku 01-11-2012 01:05 PM

I personally usually go for a snaffle, but I've also ridden Noah in a broken curb.

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