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?
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
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.