I used to do some dressage and showing with an ex-racer that was so fantastic that he was also used by the Riding for the Disabled (RDA). He'd races all over the world (born in USA, raced there and Hong Kong, France and England) then was re-trained as an eventer but after a fall on a XC course was re-trained again to specialize in pure dressage. In his old age he wasn't supple enough to carry on with the higher level dressage so he was used to teach lower level stuff to nervous/disabled riders and he loved it. :D
I got my Chessy TBx mare (who handt exsaclty been well trained) when i was 14, granted i hadnt been riding long (a year and a bit) but even with the help of my mum we cound get her to calm down, and we made a bit of progress, and then it all went pete tong! She got so het up we retired her and a friend who needed a field companion brought her off us for £50. I honestly think she wanst ever going to be a riding horse, but i think that with an ower slightly more knowlegdeable than a 14 year old girl, who because she had had a pony and looked after her all by herself thought she knew everything. She taught me alot, but i was possibly the least suitable owner for her. Thank god she had my mum aswell!
i see now that if at 14 i had persuaded my dad to get me a horse i would have found myself in big trouble and would have perhaps been put off for life.
your enthusiasm for the ex-racehorse is nice, but you really should listen to all above.  do you know you can get yourself a great welsh section d, or a lovely coloured cob or a trusty irish draught.   then (provided the horse is one you could handle with your experience,) you will have great fun and you will stay in the horsey world for along time and then when you feel able later on get yourself a thoroughbred it you are still keen on one then.
lots of luck whatever you decide, and we are all here to lend a helping hand.
teresa, smokie joe and indian .:)xxxxxx
sounds like everyone has the same kind of opinion, but we're just tryin to look out for u so dont be down heartened :), gettin a horse/pony is exciting and fun but make sure u do it right..............take some who knows about horses (and knows ur ability) with u, dont fall in love with the first one...there's lots to see :). often people tend to by ex racers because they are cheap (and they like to brag that they have an ex race horse.........)
But having said that i know that at 13 i would have done what i wanted regardless of what people said to me:w00t:, so if u are goin to go ahead with this make sure u know EXACTLY why it is an ex racer(its not always that they are too slow believe me) and that u have plenty of help and support from very experienced people.
its not something i would advise u to do but then i dont know u and u dont know me but remember:
* it is difficult to admit when u have made a mistake
*it is the hardest thing in the world to have to sell ur horse for what ever reason
Personally i had a tradgedy with my ex racer...................going forward was not the problem, rearing and falling over on top of u was, alot of time and effort and a huge amount of money was used tryin to sort him out. In the end he was alot better but i had to admit he needed someone with more time and money than me:crying:, as far a i know he ended up show jumping :). (this is a very long story made short)
It doesn't matter how old you are, just get yourself some good books and videos etc. The horse will tell you how you're doing anyway. You can get some seriously hot horses that aren't ex-racers, I.E a badly trained cob! It all depends on how you train them. Yes there are easier horses, but if you're prepared to see it through with the horse you purchase then go for it.
If you are going to go ahead, and I would seriously think about it first, as you do need loads of experience and patience!!
They do tend to have more health issues, but again its something that could happen to any horse, although they do seem to be more accident prone - Pilots a nightmare:w00t:  Good luck with anything you decide, youll always get good advise off here.
Ex-racers are cool!!!
Ex-racers are cool!!!
If thats the type of horse your after and you will probably get one anyway if you want one be very very carefull get it vetted and bloodtested and go see it a few times and spend as long as you can with it speak to as many people you can get its racing name and check all the details related to it to find out if its had any breaks in racing if so due to injurys? speak to the breeders or trainers :) and be prepared for the one step forwards two back and offen dont for one instance think it will be easy your talking a good couple of years to be re training this animal
Live life for the moment not for what may be ahead.
Most racehorses are fed 'High Energy' food hence most racehorses deemed as crazy and need to be weaned off accordingly'
Retraining racehorses is by no means an easy task. Saying that I may be given one in the New year so I'll let you know
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