Off the Track Thoroughbred or Standardbred?

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  1. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    I'm looking into ALL aspects of getting a horse. From miniatures to drafts, rescues to horses who have had a good home all their life. So yeah. I'm not saying that I'll get a horse fresh off the track, but it's one of the many things I'm looking into.

    So... if you were choosing... would you choose a thoroughbred or a standardbred? Ex-racer, fresh off the track.

    I have worked with both, fresh off the track, and both are amazing horses. But they treat and train their horses a little differently around here (if the horse does poorly racing, they immidiately switch the horse to a different discipline, until they find the correct one. Racers are treated with the utmost care, and are trained to respect and be good and kind to riders of all ages, all levels.). So yeah... I've never worked with either in the US. Horses here are never disposable (unless they're little ponies that weren't trained for anything), especially racehorses.

    So... which would you choose? And why?
     






  2. poisongirl

    poisongirl Full Member

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    I've worked with both, on the track and off. Personally i like standardbreds better, they seem alot calmer and easier to handle right off the track. But then again im generally not a big thoroughbred fan in general, they're nice horses, but not exactly my cup'o tea.:)
     
  3. taydajumper93

    taydajumper93 Senior Member+

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    I have a thoroughbred that is fresh off the track. He is 5, stopped racing at a little after 4. He got 9 months of pasture to calm him down, and then I got him. He is the sunshine of my day! I love him to death!
     
  4. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    kk. I too prefer Standardbreds due to their nature... but I also like the hot-bloodedness of Thoroughbreds.

    So yeah... I'll see what other say. :)
     
  5. 2horsestoride

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    The real question is, what do you want to do with the horse?
     
  6. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    2horsestoride... I'm mainly just talking in general. Like... all-around riding. Anything. Riding.

    So yeah. I'm not talking about a specific discipline, or something like that. Just in general what people would generally choose as their horse... and why. (the "why" could be the fact that since their jumpers, they'd choose a Thoroughbred. Or the "why" could be that they want a calmer family horse, so they'd choose a Standardbred.)

    So yeah... just in general. :)
     
  7. tbtrainer

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    As far as getting any horse off the track, you usually will have to go back to basics with them....

    The TB's are generally going to be hotter than a SB, and if your looking for a pleasure mount (one that you wont ride everyday) I would probably recomend a SB.
     
  8. Auzzie Honey

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    I love a Stb's cool nature, easy to handle, etc. If you want a nice, easy going horse .. go Stb.

    If you want more of a challenge, have the time (and money) to put into a horse that isn't as easy to handle, go Tb.

    If it's your first horse .. go Stb. In general, they are easy to care for, very loving, cool nature (need to train outta the pace tho), etc. Wouldn't recommend a Tb straight off the track as a first horse :eek:
     
  9. spuddy

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    I love Thoroughbreds. I have an OTTB and he was the calmest, easiest horse to train ever. However, he was a special case. :) I've ridden my fair share of "typical" OTTBs. I agree that it really depends on what you want the horse for and what personality suits you better.
     
  10. FutureVetGirl

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    Nice. Thanks guys!

    I'm more interested in Standardbreds. I know that some people don't like them... partly because of their huge neck brand... but I think that the brand is cute... :D
     






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