Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Can you do Western with a Thoroughbred?
I've been riding English for over ten years but lately I've been really interested in trying out western. I was looking at buying a Quarter Horse in the next few months, but in my area I couldn't really afford a trained one, just a sort of green, not particularly special one.
Recently I've met this Thoroughbred, and I don't really like them as a breed at all but I really, really like this one. She's unbroken but I've been doing stuff on the ground and I am pretty sure I am going to get her, spend the money getting her broken. She's quite stocky, 15.3hh, sprint bred.
What I want to know is what I can do (western speaking) with a Thoroughbred? I would love to learn some reining but I am guessing I could never be competitive with a TB, but could I learn basic reining with them (with a professional trainer)? Maybe some team penning, but you seem to be able to use anything for that. What could I do, and would it be acceptable to use a TB?