Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
OTTB trained as a cart horse?
So, I've had my OTTB for a few months now, and it's to the point where I'm ready to start cantering him under saddle. The way I approach it is to teach him the voice cues while lunging and then apply it in the saddle. Usually it doesn't take very long, he picked up trotting in three sessions. The only problem is for my life (and the life of my trainer/barn manager) he will NOT canter from the ground. Occasionally he'll pick it up, but after two or three strides he seems to realize he's cantering and drops right back in to a trot. We actually had a crowd gathered around the round pen, and the consensus was that his stride, his reluctance/confusion about cantering and the way he carried his head resembled that of a cart horse. So my question is, even though he's a registered race horse with a lengthy record (I've looked up some of his videos from the track) could he have been trained to pull a cart? What benefit would there be in training a track horse to drive? I know every trainer is different, but I've honestly never heard of something like this in all of my research on OTTB's....
Oh, and I eventually decided to try and put a saddle on his back and lunge him in full tack...sure enough, he charged forward in to a canter as soon as I asked! But he still won't canter without a saddle......
As soon as he's able to lunge again (currently he's ooc due to a kicking injury on his hock) I'll put up a video for some feedback.
Last edited by justsambam08; 09-28-2009 at 12:52 PM.