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post #11 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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There's always a settling in period when most horses get stressed and though TB's aren't essentially always high strung they can be more quick to react to change and struggle with it more
The member I've mentioned had owned horses before which made a difference to her
I will say that if you're feeling nervous of him and struggling to deal with that he might not be the best horse for you - the 13 year old might have been around horses all her/his life and very confident which makes a big difference.
Do you have a way out if he is worrying you? Is there any sort of return agreement in the purchase (as from a dealer) or was it a private one ended sale?
No i can sell him on im sure but im not giving up easily im going to try first and contact a trainer to help me i think
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Hi all,
i have just got a throughbred. He is my first horse have i made mistake?
Tanya
any horse could be a mistake with no experience. This would not have been a first choice that people would have recommended had you asked prior to getting it.
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 03:22 PM
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Besides being a Thoroughbred, what is the horse like? You can't judge by breed alone. For example, my old horse, who now belongs to a friend of mine is a Thoroughbred. My friend is now leasing him to an 11 year old girl as a confidence building school master for low level jumping after a naughty pony damaged her confidence. However, he's nearly 21 years old, has many years experience and over time has become a total baby sitter/packer type. On the other hand, the 5 year old TB that I own now while very even tempered and ridden a few times a week beginner husband (but most of the time schooled by me) would NOT do well in a situation where he was only ridden by a new rider - even though he's calm and not hot or spooky, he doesn't yet know enough to separate the "signals" from the "noise" and would likely become confused if he didn't continue to receive accurate riding too.

Where does your horse fall on the spectrum of green to total schoolmaster? If he's very well trained and used to a beginner rider then continue on and find a trainer to help work through his "settling in" behaviors with you. If he's totally green (or definitely towards the greener side of things) you will likely save yourself a lot of heartbreak, money and potential injury if you can sell him and buy a more experienced horse.
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post #14 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 03:59 PM
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I free-leased a TB before buying Jackson, gave her up because she was too much of a dead-head packer (at five years old). I think she went on to be a kiddie Dressage mount.

My current horse is a TB cross, definitely has more TB in him than QH (temperament wise) and he's a very safe mount.

The only time I'd say a TB as a specific breed is a poor choice for the inexperienced is green off the track. Otherwise, it depends 100% on the temperament.

OP, are you working with a trainer?
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post #15 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 04:10 PM
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My first horse was a OTTB gelding, its nto so much the breed, but depends on the horse
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post #16 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Besides being a Thoroughbred, what is the horse like? You can't judge by breed alone. For example, my old horse, who now belongs to a friend of mine is a Thoroughbred. My friend is now leasing him to an 11 year old girl as a confidence building school master for low level jumping after a naughty pony damaged her confidence. However, he's nearly 21 years old, has many years experience and over time has become a total baby sitter/packer type. On the other hand, the 5 year old TB that I own now while very even tempered and ridden a few times a week beginner husband (but most of the time schooled by me) would NOT do well in a situation where he was only ridden by a new rider - even though he's calm and not hot or spooky, he doesn't yet know enough to separate the "signals" from the "noise" and would likely become confused if he didn't continue to receive accurate riding too.

Where does your horse fall on the spectrum of green to total schoolmaster? If he's very well trained and used to a beginner rider then continue on and find a trainer to help work through his "settling in" behaviors with you. If he's totally green (or definitely towards the greener side of things) you will likely save yourself a lot of heartbreak, money and potential injury if you can sell him and buy a more experienced horse.

The young girl that had him before didn't say a great deal about his behaviour other than it was good. im wondering if he is kicking out because it is a strange environment to him or too many people as before he was kept at the bottom of the girls garden in a stable by himself. there are no problems with him and other horses. he just seems to get very agitated quickly like he kicked out when we lifted his rears legs to clean them. My friend rode him today around a school and she told him to trot on and he did this very well but then he speeded up and she could not stop him for a while i think this is due to needing a better stronger bit for his mouth. I think if i got a trainer or somebody to help me with him and to also help me overcome my fear with him as i constantly think he is going to kick out at me then i would be ok as i no they sense your fear and play you up.
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post #17 of 24 Old 11-22-2014, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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any horse could be a mistake with no experience. This would not have been a first choice that people would have recommended had you asked prior to getting it.
What would you advise as a first choice?
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Tanya, bolting like he did won't be fixed by a bit. It's fixed by training.

I don't recall reading how old this horse is or how much training he's had. Have you ever ridden or even been around horses before?

I've known OTTBs a few months off the track who I would trust my 10yo son who has never been on a horse with. I also know an OTTB who has been off the track for ten years who I absolutely refuse to handle at all and who is too bat-crap crazy to be ridden safely by anyone, even his owner. So, it's not so much the breed, as it is the horse and the training.

I think one of two things needs to happen in this situation.

1- You find a trainer to train the horse while you take riding lessons separately, while also taking lessons on the ground with your horse. Once you are both at the same level training-wise, you can start riding him.

2- You sell this horse on, start taking some lessons, and have your trainer help you pick out a suitable, quiet, broke horse for you to learn ON, not WITH.
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Tanya, bolting like he did won't be fixed by a bit. It's fixed by training.

I don't recall reading how old this horse is or how much training he's had. Have you ever ridden or even been around horses before?

I've known OTTBs a few months off the track who I would trust my 10yo son who has never been on a horse with. I also know an OTTB who has been off the track for ten years who I absolutely refuse to handle at all and who is too bat-crap crazy to be ridden safely by anyone, even his owner. So, it's not so much the breed, as it is the horse and the training.

I think one of two things needs to happen in this situation.

1- You find a trainer to train the horse while you take riding lessons separately, while also taking lessons on the ground with your horse. Once you are both at the same level training-wise, you can start riding him.

2- You sell this horse on, start taking some lessons, and have your trainer help you pick out a suitable, quiet, broke horse for you to learn ON, not WITH.
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He is 10 in february, THINK he is an ex racer. As for myself this is a first for everything so this really could be the problem. Thanks for your answers i will bear them in mind
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A bit will appear to help the bolting issue, until he realizes he can grab that bit and go too. I think you should invest in a trainer and some lessons for yourself and start really working through his issues. The BEST thing for your confidence (in my opinion, anyway) is seeing that you CAN get your horse to do what you ask, sometimes (most of the times, with inexperienced riders) working with a trainer will help a lot with that.
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