Acquired: Barn / trainer
Posted Mar 15, 2015
When I was younger, I started learning to ride on an 18 year old gelding who would do whatever you asked, the second you asked. He was nice that way. I had to stop riding for years; when I got back in the saddle, finally, I had a vastly different experience.
Stevie has been a part of that experience. Prior to being purchased by my riding instructor, Stevie was a trained (but unsuccessful) racehorse. He’s not high strung, per se, but he can be a bit flighty, sometimes easy to spook. He makes me actually work for what I want him to do--never before have my legs been forced to do so much work. He also has a negative relationship with the curry comb; that is, he dances around and pins his ears when you curry him, but that’s as far as he goes, and he forgives as soon as the curry comb goes away. In my experience with Stevie, I’ve found that Thoroughbreds are friendly, curious horses, though if they’ve been trained for the track, it’s possible they’ll also be proud and temperamental.
On the plus side, if they’re well-trained, they’re a delight to ride. Stevie makes you work for whatever you want; he’s hesitant to trot, but once you have him at that trot, it’s pretty smooth, much better to sit (English-style riding, of course) than some. Overall, I believe Thoroughbreds are an excellent breed, as long as you don’t mind a horse that’s somewhat flighty.