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wannahorse22 09-26-2010 06:13 PM

Hello everyone!

I am most likely getting a horse around spring next year. I am trying to look for good candidates, I found a lot of good ones. They are all Thoroughbreds though. Are they a bad breed for a first horse? I have been riding for four yrs. and can easily handle a green horse (that likes to go fast:wink:). I am a hunter/jumper so I was aiming for a horse that could jump pretty high. What are your thoughts?


kaydeebug 09-26-2010 06:17 PM

i have a thoroughbred. i actually do barrel racing, pole bending, etc. thoroughbred is the horse for hunter/jumper but im sure there is others out there that can do it too.... my mare is a very hot throughbred not the type that could be calm enough for jumping. is the horses youve been looking at ex race horses? do they have racing blood in them? you need to ask your self and the owners those questions first. if they are ex races but have retired at an older age you should be fine. but unlike my horse she has a lot of champion race blood in her she is kinda crazy but i need her speed so i have to get usto to her hot attitude.

MudPaint 09-26-2010 07:10 PM

TBs are a very common horse to find in the Hunter/Jumper ring and because of their original purpose, they are a very athletic horse. It all comes down to the individual horse if they are good for a first horse. I've met plenty of OTTBs that were so laid back that with a year of consistent riding, they were great for an inexperienced rider, and some that even after 10 yrs of near professional riding are still only rideable for the most experienced.

What I do love about TB's... especially OTTBs is that they generally haul, clip, bath and handle new situations like pros. But any well trained horse will do this. My advice on buying you're first horse. Bring a more experienced person with (trainer, friend, etc) and look at A LOT of horses. Don't settle. With the economy the right horse is out there. I'd recommend something over 10 with some miles on it as a first horse, no matter the breed. If you do look at an OTTB, def get x-rays.

wannahorse22 09-26-2010 07:33 PM

Thanks guys:) My dad said I have to have my trainer help me look. She is very experienced in the horse world.

haleylvsshammy 09-26-2010 10:24 PM

Agreed with MudPaint. TB's can be a great first horse, but it really does come down to the individual horse. But definately DON'T SETTLE! It's a buyers marked right now, so you'll have plenty o' choices!

ladybugsgirl 09-26-2010 10:43 PM

i just got my first TB mare back in July. She has that type of laid back attitude and when I got her she was untrained and since Ive had her you can't tell because she handles everything so nicely. I have had two kids on her and she was the most laid back gentle and careful horse ever. I can't believe she is TB. The TB's I have been around are hotter horses.

tealamutt 09-27-2010 10:57 AM

mudpaints advice is great, always make sure you do a pre-purchase exam with a vet and on an OTTB I would get x rays done for sure. 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 got my first horse last year and he is an OTTB but with a lot of hunter experience and tons of shows under his belt. He's amazing and awesome but I had someone with a lot of OTTB experience pick him out for me and had time to get to know him and ride him a bunch before making my decision and he was gone over with 3 fine tooth combs to make sure he was completely sane sound and healthy.

You can't beat a TB for their athleticism in the ring for sure and though they can have difficult personalities, once you show them you can be trusted they will give you their whole heart and then some. As with any breed/animal there are all kinds of individual variation of course!

I like all the other advice on being choosey too. It is definitely the kind of market where you can take a little extra time and get the horse of your dreams for a great deal right now! Best wishes!

kaydeebug 09-27-2010 07:54 PM

[QUOTE=tealamutt;762532] 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

MudPaint 09-27-2010 08:16 PM

Yea if you do end up with a horse that has run, be sure it's been at least 2 yrs with consistent schooling. Even unraced TBs can be hot. The breed on whole is great though. They're very intelligent, are generally very people oriented so they try hard to please, most have more heart than they have talent, and that's what makes them great. Yes... I love TBs.

NinthHeroine 09-27-2010 08:51 PM

I was a mixed bag on TBs for a while, but that's because I've ridden all types. It's like any breed of horse really--you have your hot ones and your been there done that type that's pretty cool and quiet.

I plan on rescuing an OTTB when I have sufficient funds, they are gorgeous horses and make great english sport horses--I want to do eventing with a heavy focus on dressage, and most of the QH's around here just don't cut it (although I've seen the rare jumper QH, most of em around here are born and bred trail horses), and where else can you get an amazingly gorgeous talented horse with a great pedigree at a rescue?

Make sure you know whether you want a mare or gelding ahead of time, try to ride a few different ones so you can find which you click with. My first horse was a mare and that taught me that I don't get along with mares particurally well, so I'm going for a gelding next time around.

Other than that follow everyone else's advice, get something you think might be a little calmer than you need, because a common first buying mistake is to buy something too green and only realize it when you get home. Don't get over ambitious, and take the advice of your trainer. Good luck! ;)

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