Anyone ride their Thoroughbred Western?

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding > Western Pleasure

Anyone ride their Thoroughbred Western?

This is a discussion on Anyone ride their Thoroughbred Western? within the Western Pleasure forums, part of the Western Riding category
  • Thoroughbred western pleasure
  • How long can thoroughbreds do western pleasure

LinkBack Thread Tools
    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?
Sponsored Links
    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
Green Broke
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
Teen Forum Moderator
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.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fitting a western saddle to a thoroughbred dannyboy834 Horse Tack and Equipment 2 07-11-2011 07:27 PM
Excel's first ride Western equiniphile Trail Riding 3 02-19-2011 09:18 AM
Do you ride english or western? Brianna6432 Horse Riding 17 04-17-2010 10:48 PM
Western saddle for a thoroughbred??? ansci Horse Tack and Equipment 4 04-23-2009 02:08 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:23 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0