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post #1 of 8 Old 06-12-2019, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I am going to be looking at this retired race horse that has already been restarted and working on the barrel pattern. It is 16.2 hands. I was wondering what everybody's thoughts are on using a thoroughbred to barrel race.


I showed my trainer some of the videos of it doing barrels and she said, "wow, not bad".
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If the horse likes the activity, is athletic to do the activity and you can keep him sound & happy...why not.
Desire in the animal is more important than any piece of paper claiming this breed or that...
The horse must enjoy or he won't give his all...
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I rescued a 30-yr old OTTB, and realized he'd been used as a Gymkhana horse! He weighed about 900 lbs, hard keeper, and was club-footed, but had a heart of iron!
I used to show at small shows, and he beat every muscled-up QH in barrels, much to the dismay of the owners!
As someone else said - it ain't' the breed, it's the horse!
I'd go for it.
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Some people do use OTTBs or just TBs and can do well with them running barrels/gymkhana however they might not have as high of a resale value as a quarter horse would. Otherwise if the horse is fit and healthy enough for it why not?
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Any horse can run barrels, especially at the local level. A lot of the top-flight barrel horse lines carry quite a bit of TB blood, and quite a few well-known barrel horse sires are TB or half TB. At the true upper levels, a pure TB is generally not going to do as well, simply because when the money comes down to 1/1000 of a second, the tighter turns and fast acceleration of the QH can make all the difference.



But yeah, locally, there are quite a few gals riding OTTB's or TB crosses and doing pretty well. Resale is not as high, but if you want a TB and find one you like, it's worth doing. You want a good shoulder, good legs and good hooves and a stockier-built TB. If he looks like he just won the 5th race at Belmont, stands 17.2 hh and resembles a greyhound, he likely won't do as well as the ones that are a bit smaller, less 'rangy' and could pass as a QH if you didn't look too close.
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I agree. My 2nd OTTB was a foundation bred horse, and very stocky. Dumb as heck, but he did win!
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Hello, I am going to be looking at this retired race horse that has already been restarted and working on the barrel pattern. It is 16.2 hands. I was wondering what everybody's thoughts are on using a thoroughbred to barrel race.


I showed my trainer some of the videos of it doing barrels and she said, "wow, not bad".

As a general rule of thumb, you will usually not find a purebred Thoroughbred (that has NOT been crossed on a QH somewhere along the line) at the very top of the barrel racing world simply because their muscles are different and are designed for long distance and not short bursts of speed. Therefore, they will usually get "outran" by a QH or QH/TB cross on the barrel pattern which is basically a series of short sprints.



Of course, there are always exceptions to everything.


However, if you have no desire to be on top of the Pro Circuit, there's no reason you can't have fun with a OTTB on barrels at the local level.



How old is the horse?

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They can be kind of long in the back and have a terrible turn radius, but there are plenty that are smaller and quicker. I met someone with a 16hh big-boned TB type horse who ran and won. I also know someone who races and WINS with a Tennessee Walker because he's of the shorter backed and quicker type.

Depends on the horse.

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