With my pinto-colored gaited horses in my backyard, you may be surprised to know that I am a Thoroughbred fan.
As a child/pre-teen, I rode my fair share of Half-Thoroughbreds in huntseat and jumping lessons at various barns and camps. My aunt also bred her Appaloosa mare to a Thoroughbred stallion. The resulting foal went on to place at the World Appaloosa Show in Green Working Hunters under professional tutelage.
My most recent experience with a Thoroughbred took place when I fostered several years ago an aged TB gelding named Henry for the Indiana Horse Rescue. He had a lip tattoo that was unreadable at that point, but it certainly indicated he had a racing history of some sort. Tall (about 17 hands) and lanky, Henry presented as a gentle giant. I really enjoyed getting to know him for a brief time before he was adopted.
I myself am short in stature, put together with short arms and short legs. While I am happy to ride pretty much any kind of horse (or mule or donkey!), I unfortunately don’t see myself buying/adopting a thoroughbred even though I admire them. Over the years, I discovered that I just feel a lot more comfortable and confident when mounted on a short, compact horse. Short and compact doesn’t describe most TB’s.
Even so, I enjoy reading information about various Thoroughbred makeover events and about the non-for-profit organizations like CANTER (https://www.canterusa.org/) and Friends of Ferdinand (https://friendsofferdinand.com/) that work in finding new homes for OTTB’s (off-the-track-thoroughbreds).
Eariler this Summer, I received a free copy of the Summer 2020 issue of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine and was thrilled to read it. It was very informative, well-laid out with really interesting articles.
If there are any OTTB fans out there who haven’t seen this magazine, it is definitely worth a look. Find out more about the magazine or sign up to subscribe at https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/join-ottb-magazine.