I just bought thoroughbred gelding.his name is ridge and he is about 10 years old. he is my first horse.I have had a fare bit of experience, but not with this breed. so i'm not sure about some stuff, like whether i should be riding him in the winter? or if competitive trail riding is a good idea. etc.
I am also wondering if anyone has any name suggestions since i don't care for the one he came with. i know at his age it's not the best idea to be changing his name. but i just can't get used to it.
I also have a TB, and your horse should be perfectly fine to be ridden in winter, as long as he doesn't have any problems sweating. I know of some TB's who have problems working up a really good sweat and they have to be cooled down extra carefully. As with any horse, make sure he's conditioned properly before competing, especially on something long winded like competitive trails. Depending on his body type, he was either meant to cover short distances very fast (Sprinter) or longer distances very fast (Stayer).
Since TB's were bred to run, they have big hearts and great lung capacity and deep chests, but their legs and hooves are often not up to par for things like navigating rocky terrain with ease. If that's what you plan on doing, make sure he has shoes and other protective gear.
Does he come from racing stock, or was he backyard bred? Most TB's have some race horses in their history, but if you got him from a trainer who decided not to race him because he wasn't fast enough, his conformation is going to be affected, rather than someone who bred their mare to someone's stallion--these horses are more likely to be crossed with something along their bloodlines but not show traits. Over all though, TB's are pretty much good for whatever discipline you choose to train them in--they're very willing and naturally athletic.
Sam, he is a OTTB. his last race was sometime in 2009, from the ad where she got him from ( i am a friend of her's ) had stated. Although she know's most of the details, but he is from racing stock.
Welcome to the world of the amazing Thoroughbred!
You can most definitely ride him in the winter. With a Thoroughbred, consistency is the key. So, I would strongly encourage you to ride him at least three times a week. Of course, it depends on his personality (I've had the hot TB and the lazy TB) but it's always a good rule of thumb for naturally "up" horses.
I have 2 TB's and a 3/4 TB that I event and they are the best eventers that I have found. I've ridden many breeds and the TB just seems to have the most heart, athletic ability, and stamina. Competative trail riding might be a good option if you are looking for a horse that could go for hours when fit.
Do you have his racing name? I could probably look his pedigree up and tell you a bit about his ancestors if you wish.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. I'm very experienced with this breed.
^ i completely agree with you eventerdrew!
I love my TB :) i would definitally own one again, great competition horses with a big heart !
eventerdrew his racing name was Ego Ridge
Hmmm.. are you sure it was Ego Ridge? I found an Echo Ridge but no Ego Ridge. All TB's off the track must be registered with the Jockey club and put in the pedigree database and he is not there under the name you gave me.
if you want to see a photo of him, than i can give it to you ? he is a dark bay, or black he has a blaze and a star.
It would be nice to see a photo, although it would just be for my pleasure :) it's not needed to find him on the JC database. It's just odd that I can't find him. He either did not actually race or did not race under that name. Does he have a tattoo? If so, he definitely raced.
I found an "ego Ridge" a 1999 dark bay or brown horse foaled March 25, 1999 Manitoba, Canada.
Says the horse is unraced.
I am not real familiar with Canadian breeding.
Back to the original question...I think riding in the winter is totally fine. Trail riding may be a real good thing. I think that TB's are pretty well suited for many different things.
You will find your nitch.
I agree that consistency and routine are great. I own two TB's and I just love them....
Congrats on your new guy!!!!
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