So, I've always loved thoroughbred horses. The way they hold themselves and their staure and how athletic they are and I've heard how loyal they can be. I plan getting one someday in the future. How great are these horses for just trail riding, not competition. And backpacking and camping or stuff like that?
I use mine for hacking but I wouldn't want to take her camping or backpacking (she finds standing still tricky), I would take my haflinger for that:D
There are horses in every breed that can function well in the activities you are interested in. Then again there are individuals in each that are not suitable for most activities.
You just have to take your time and find one that meets your needs.
There are plenty of TBs out there that are calm docile loyal and suitable for what you are planning on doing. Shalom
I do pretty much everything with my 17.1h off track TB. He's a big ham & he takes new situations really well. Then again, my friends 16h ex racing TB mare, spooks almost everytime on a trail, no matter how many times we go out. Some Thoroughbred's would be great at it, other's won't. You'll just need to find the *right* one.
I have a personal love of thoroughbreds. I've owned 3 OTTBs (all chestnut mares too, which are supposed to be crazy!)
Indi - Best horse I have EVER owned. Was the perfect trail horse. Never put a foot wrong, only ever wanted to please, but still had her own character (never became an automaton). She was very easy to train, and I voice trained her in a matter of days, so stop to canter was easy, and canter to stop was equally easy. Great gallop because of her racing past, but good brakes too. Never rode her in a bit, even on the trails. Not only that, when I got home, untacked her, and turned her loose, she stayed by my side. I'd just stand and hug her, holding her head and kissing the op of it. Such an incredible bond we had, and I will never forget her.
Tilly - racing sadly ruined this poor horse. She was very unpredictable, even though she would follow me around like a puppy, and beg for attention, I could never trust her. She was incredibly spooky, and I never had her attention. She had some distressing habits that she'd picked up the racing yard. She minded me a lot of Scooby Doo, but 16.2! Just a bit dopey and silly, spooky and funny. She certainly had a character, but I never really trusted her because of the dumb things she'd randomly do.
Velvet - Velvet is lovely. I got her in early September. So far she still has some of those racing tendencies: A little spooky, "looky", fast and every time I try to do join up with her, she thinks I've hooked her up to a walker, and will go around, and around, and around (it actually gets so distressing, I can be waving, saying "whoa", shouting "whoa" and she just keeps going at the same pace, vacant look in her eyes. To the point I don't enjoy trying to get a join up with her, because she does this, very distressing. I believe it's because she's just been put on the walker frequently). She is very intelligent, but doesn't abuse that (some horses are smart and if you don't challenge them they get sour, well, not her) I do clicker training while the weather is bad and I can't ride, and she's quick to pick new things up. She's very loving, and although she was very uneasy being touched when I got her, she loves to have kisses on her muzzle now (and I love giving kisses on her muzzle!) So far I have taken her on trails as I haven't had chance with the bad weather. I'm itching to go though!
I think you can find a nice horse of any breed, but I have a soft spot for the old tb. Good luck in your search, and remember, always get the horse vet checked before buying (speaking from experience. Race yards will do anything - drugging Etc - to shift a dud horse at your expense)
By the way...
They say racehorses at the top of the game, when an autopsy has been carried out, have shown abnormally large hearts. Sometimes up to 5 times larger than that of an average horse. I don't have a tb for their speed or stamina. I have a tb for her abnormally large heart.
My TB (a young one at that) is such a bold, brave horse. Since she is young she does spook now and then (though not often), but when she does she doesn't bolt but instead "jumps" and turns to face it. She is a thinker; give her a minute to think about what is worrying her and she'll never spook at it again.
She is wonderful on the trail. I also took her on an overnight camping trip and she was wonderful.
My new TB is an absolute doll and when we had her out on the trail last time my husband's draft cross spooked and she was perfectly calm. Fully plan on taking her camping this year and it should be a blast.
Thanks guys, makes me feel better. I read something on the internet somewhere that was just completely running down TB as too high strung, naughty, and not adaptable to life beyond the race track and the article got me a little confused.
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