I love this thread. You see all the people highly biased with their breeds and think they are 100% perfect, and then the people who see more faults but love the breed anyway. xD What I love about Thoroughbreds; They have a lot of heart. Especially the ones off the track. They take TONS of patience, but it is never wasted time. Most of them have killer personalities. They can do everything. Barrels, dressage, eventing, etc. You see them everywhere. Here we go, what I DON'T like about them; The feet! Oh my gosh. Some people might say it takes a certain type of rider and patience, and people just are judging incorrectly BUT THE NUTS ONES DO EXIST. I have been around at least 50 different Thoroughbreds, and there are always the few that you dread riding because the leaf floating across the arena is suddenly 2012 (Except, you know. Real) all over again and the world is ending and now we are bolting and we "accidentally" ran straight into the panel. Riiigght. Or, suddenly on the trail we decide we are worked up for who knows what reason and we must bolt and crow hop and do the sideways crow hops and and and. THEY DO EXIST. Of course I have had ridden my fair share of horses like this, and some did grow out of it. (Not trying to be biased here). Okay, I hate to downsize this, but athleticism. Because we can do a whole ride of cross cantering not getting a single stride of a normal canter. Also goes for counter canter. Or capriolles. Or majorsidewaysquicklyspooks. Whatever. I love the breed. They are an acquired taste, like Arabians. You can't bully them, ever. It either makes them fall to pieces and turns them into a super depressed horse with no purpose in life, or teaches you never ever ever to bully a horse, because you will eat dirt within seconds. They are great for taking out on a gallop. If you can stop them. Although is all measures up to training. Training always plays a big part. I have seen the schoolmaster, bombproof, been there done that Thoroughbreds. And they are the examples of everything they can be.