Anyone ride their Thoroughbred Western?

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    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?
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    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.
    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.
    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
    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.
    01-11-2012, 11:45 AM
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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

Given this info:
Originally Posted by LuvCaesar    
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.
    01-11-2012, 11:47 AM
Im probably going to be picking up a 12 year old TB and He will be rode western... he is also a ex race horse.
    01-11-2012, 12:01 PM
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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.

    01-11-2012, 12:35 PM
What bits are you using snaffles?
    01-11-2012, 01:05 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
I personally usually go for a snaffle, but I've also ridden Noah in a broken curb.

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