I love my Thoroughbreds, but after some of my experiences I definatly agree that they are NOT for beginners. Too many times have I seen young girls come to pony club with their brand new TB, only to have it chuck them off. Totally agree Jez! Some of my best horses have been TB's. My boy that I just sold had been off the track 3 years, and he was very quiet, especially for a TB. But that doesn't mean he didn't have his off days. He could be a handful if he wanted to!! My current mare has been off the track 3 months. I was very careful in selecting her, it took months but she is well worth it. I am taking things very slowly with her in the round yard, and she is responding very kindly to it. She will be going in foal this year, as she needs to let down from racing, and it will give me more time to get to know her, and build up a trusting relationship.