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post #1 of 17 Old 06-19-2013, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-19-2013, 08:39 PM
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Bill Dorrance, (now dead) considered a master horseman, rehabilitated a TB mare for ranchwork. "Beaut"'s story & pics are in Bill's book, "True Horsemanship Through Feel". She did branding, sorting, all the ranchwork.

One thing, though: the arena sports which've evolved from ranchwork require a quick stop & spin & muscle bulk to withstand the rider hanging/dismounting, & to hold the cow, etc., so aTB might be ill-equipped for such events.
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You can do any of that on a TB. Maybe you will never get to a high level, but she could most certainly do it. See a few Tb's used on ranch and a lot in gymkhana type events. I used to occasionally move cattle with my TB... though I much prefer using my Paints and QH's for the job.
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You could absolutely give western events like gymkhana and ranch work a try. Heck, a lot of the WP pleasure horses in the arena now are so tall and lanky they remind me more of TBs then a cow horse.

I believe just about any horse could benefit from the basics of reining, it's all about light responsiveness and correct movement. From there you'll have a great basis to branch out to other disciplines within the western world.
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Most of the ranch horses in my part of Wyoming are TBs.
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Yes! lol there js a OTTB who is ridden western at the barn I go to. I dont thing breed restricts really the style they can be ridden in.
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Why yes, yes you can.
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Of course you can! :) I have a thoroughbred who is 16.3 hands and he's western, I'm training him for barrels. Most breeds can do anything IMO. Drafts/heavy breeds can be jumpers/dressage horses, and arabs and other light breeds can be reiners and barrel horses and such :)
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my wifes dreesage horse in a hackamore. Shes pregnant and in no condition to stop me. LOL ( not the horse, my wife)

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post #10 of 17 Old 06-20-2013, 01:04 AM
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Of course they can! Its just like saying a QH can't jump! :)
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