So I thought I may as well start a thread to see what people think and love about TBs.
I know my 9 year old mare can be a handful. She is terribly moody and can be bossy to other horses. But she is so great! Before I got her she had never jumped before. Now she will jump 3ft. She is willing to please and honest. She can be spooky but she is very calm too. She is quiet around other horses and she has no problems in traffic.
The funny thing about her is she is LAZY! Ahh yes a lazy TB =/ It takes a lot of effort to get her to trot but getting her to canter is easier. It is keeping her in the canter that is hard XD
So here are pictures..
:-)I love her. Very pretty and has a curious intelligent expression. You two look great together.
Thanks she is cool XD
shes cute! haha my first horse i got when i was 9 was a TB... i swear, my mom was trying to kill me, she bought me an thoroughbred that was trained on the track (never raced, but was trained there) as my very first horse. surprizingly he was lazy aswell!!! I love them. the horse i have now is half thoroughbred and she is just a doll. they are great
I learnt on a 22yo tb mare, who was very very hard to pull up when I got her, in the end I actually had to put up a makeshift arena using standards and fencing tape, so she couldn't bolt anywhere.... Now I've had her for nearly 3 years and I can drop the reins, sit back and she plants her bum in the dirt :lol:. She never raced but she is anything but lazy, actually very fiery.
On the other hand, Mitchell whom I have had since december, is 7 years old, a gelding, he raced and started 18 races and won 4.... Blimey you wouldn't think so. I've had a few people I've actually had to sit down on the laptop and show them his racing videos to prove he did race, he's a mission to get going, but has awesome powerful paces. I have jumped him so far all of 30cm, but I'm still getting used to the power in his canter, I'm a bit nervous to see how powerful his jump will be. He has jumped to 1m I've been told.
Bubbles: (Fleeting glance)
Mitchell: (Fuji Extreme) any aussies and kiwi's there might know that name faintly
Bella(alyrunj) is my 13 year old OTTB mare, i've only had her since may and we didn't do much at first being i was kinda scared of her:oops:, but i had a trainer working with her for a few months and she was doing great(then my trainer moved end of November) but she hasn't been worked all winter, come spring we are really going to get things going, i've been taking lessons for the first time ever(i'm only 25 and have been riding for 13 years, about time right!) and I'm treating Bella for an ulcer and now she's being much more pleasant lol
Here are some pics
And last her and my former trainer
I love everyone else's TB's too they are such a beautiful breed, i never through in a million years I would own one lol, let alone an OTTB!
Haha I had to also actually show people my TB races too!!! Hero is just so lazy and just doesn't care. I have been really busy and haven't rode Hero in like a month and a half and I hopped on him today bareback with halter and I rode him double for the first time and he just didn't care. I love him. I got him 4 days after his last race and rode him 2 days after that and he was so calm.
Currently I have two OTTBs, Molly's Cat and Excel:
Molly will be 8 this May, she's a great dressage horse and I love, love, love her movement. Her staying power is incredible, we'll go out on a 5-mile hack, trotting and cantering most of the way, and she'll come back and be just as jazzed to set out again as before the ride. She's very sensitive, but also smart, and catches on to Natural Horsemanship like she's been doing it for years. Impeccable ground manners. She's lovely to watch do dressage because of her freedom of movement, but she is also an excellent barrel and trail horse! I both love and despise her high-energy.
Excel is a very sweet horse, and incredibly calm for an OTTB. He'll be 6 this march, and by then will be a full year off the track. He also is very high-energy, but keeps a cool head when jumping or doing arena work. He is an absolute sucker for treats and will canter around me in circles (literally) if he knows I have treats. He's a big puppy dog and loves attention.
Geesh, look at that extended trot :shock:
Sorry for the overload :oops:
We have two - my boy Bub (Mr. Wolverine), and our new girl Mas Rapida. We still need to come up with a barn name for her.
I love them because they're beautiful, calm, gentle (for the most part), and personable.
Bub is lazy. He's getting better, but when we first got him, he needed the encouragement of a crop to get him to even walk. God only knows how he ever won the races he did. I'm glad he's lazy though - I'd much rather a good parking brake that's always on than having a weak one that's fighting a high revving engine. He always does what we ask of him and is a source of endless entertainment (his favorite stall game is the 'feet in the bucket' game).
Mas is still a largely unknown quantity at this point, but we've got ample time to work with her, learn her and love her as she's only 4. She's extremely calm and unspooky, very personable and curious, and very gentle. She's actually so gentle that when being fed a carrot, she'll shave small bits off the end, and if handed a whole piece, she sometimes takes a tentative bite and then drops it, as though it were someones finger.
I've definitely been bitten by the TB bug, so I'm certainly biased in my affection for them.
oh mee :mrgreen:
I have a TB and love him to bits :D
He is also on the lazy side, he can get going though.
He was raced 4 times I think but was to slow, then polo, then barrels, then paddock, then me :D
haha he can do everything and anything I try with him :D
We are now starting eventing this year, had our fisrt one weekend just been and he handled it like a pro, wasn't afraid of any of the XC jumps, clear SJ round dressage was the only thing that let us down but mehh.
I also took him on an endurance ride recently as well.
He has been to the beach, I really want to try some westerny type stuff with him, maybe cutting or just even getting out with the cows :D
heres some pics from ODE
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