When choosing a thoroughbred horse, remember that these horses are hot and quick, so watch the owner ride the horse to determine what level of rider is required. Pick a thoroughbred horse with tips on riding and general confirmation from an equestrian coach in this free video on horse care.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


22 Responses to Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Choose a Thoroughbred Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    fave this is you thinkit should have ended at 1337 not 137

  2. Anonymous says:

    AMPLIFY 2x daily works wonders! I also swear by keeping haynets in the stalls while they’re in. Continue to refill the haynet as needed (and prefferably with a flake or two of alphalfa). This slows down their eating, eliminates waste, and I’ve always seen the skinny ones fill out within a few weeks. I prefer the nylon haynets with the smaller holes too. Good luck!

  3. Anonymous says:

    what kind of horse is that

  4. Anonymous says:

    The horse after it pawed the ground was like, “I hate cameras”

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have just recently required a Thoroughbred, she was given to us by a friend, we know much on horses but this is our first horse we’ve ever owned, she’s boarding at a nice ranch that we’ve known, she’s about 1 1/2 years old, we’ll begin training soon although the previous owner before our friend did not feed her well enough, her ribs show alittle bit my friend who knows lots about horses says that beet pulp should add more weight to her. If anyone has any tips for me it would be very helpful :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I also have a retired TB from racing however his foreleg tendon got sprained during racing, although it is about 10 years old and does not hurt now, the horse can even gallop but the tendon is hard and hasn’t come back at its normal position (slightly swollen) Therefore i have a fear that it might go bad again if strained can any one advise what to do.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a small TB

  8. Anonymous says:

    I would LOVE to have this breed.

  9. Anonymous says:

    flattered you take the time to find a post made a year ago. shame u didn´t read it as intended. TB´s like QH´s have been breed with small hooves 4 many years now. As equine podologist i know plenty about hoof conformation & enuf about TB´s. idiots watch these vids & take this info as gospel. it gives no concrete info, everything is vague. u wana talk clean lines, explain them, or state how a hoof should be, show it. please read comments carefully before blustering out your responses

  10. Anonymous says:

    Ha – You obviously dont know that much about thoroughbreds, do you? That’s like saying if you have a 6ft6” man , that they can still run the same speed if they had size 3 feet (uk size). Hoof confirmation is very important – so i think you’re the one that needs to be gagged here.

  11. Anonymous says:

    great video i loved it u were very clear and i could understand wht u were saying

  12. Anonymous says:

    my thoroughbead ex – racehorse that i had given to me two years ago is a sweetheart when i lead him a round i call him my cow pony because he is so quiet most of the time i retierd him from racing this year and now we will be learning how to do dressage p.s. he was given to me sound too

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful horse.. Makes me miss my little welsh x arab pony =[

  14. Anonymous says:

    I ride a thoroughbreds and they are Amazing horses, great to ride

  15. Anonymous says:

    buying a horse is like buying a car. You have to get EXACTLY what you want. You should have the first time be a personal visit to ride and take care of the horse. The second visit you should bring a vet. and then make a decision. :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    hey i have a tb and when they are working with you and you arnt pushing them they are great horses to be around some of them are born and trained to race like my tb and are harder to retrain but he has come along so well so just cause people say that its a bad breed there not just might not be for you so yer i love tb ridden them my whole life in dressage hacking trail rides and swimming and jumping so yer :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    You should never buy any horse after 1 visit. You should have a look at them time after time in all various situations.

  18. Anonymous says:

    LaRanaTj- hot is when they are high tempered and more for an experienced rider and their hoofs can be to small for their body and it will cause damage to the horse y comment if u dont know what your talking about

  19. Anonymous says:

    believe me any thoroughbred owner cares alot about their horses hooves just like any other caring owner would about any other breed. think before you type LaRanaTJ, seriously, if you don’t have a clue about horses don’t bother commenting and yes FYI horses can have hooves that are too small for their body and if so they will have more trouble with them, if a horse is hot it means that they are quicktempered and can be slightly violent and impatient believe me..

  20. Anonymous says:

    The quality of a Thoroughbred’s feet is actually very important. The smaller and more brittle the hooves, the more likely they are to break down and cause more issues in the long run. The term “straight lines” is pretty self explanatory, you want a thoroughbred with a nice conformation rather than a pigeon toed horse which would not be considered “straight”.

  21. Anonymous says:

    THAT´S ENOUGH – YOU SHOULD BE GAGGED. Hot – feed, handling. “Clean lines” What are you talking about? Hooves to small for their body – are you on medication. I tried to be kind in my comments on your other video. Curiosity made me watch more. I´m obviously the idiot here! Thoroughbreds are breed for speed, people don´t give a hooty tooty about their hooves (mores the pity), but that goes for many breeds now. You discuss choosing a thoroughbred like choosing a new dress. Aaaa I despair

  22. Anonymous says:

    wow. this is ridiculous…