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    12-24-2011, 10:30 PM
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Foal
Any OTTB owners in here?

Hello all!
I just got my OTTB the day after Thanksgiving, had her shoes off the day after that and have been training her natural horsemanship. I have been trying out different methods to see what will work best for the both of us, especially her. She is such a sweetie and has a temperament of one on the ground as well as under saddle. I have ridden her a few times but she needs a lot more ground work. I don't think she really had any when she use to race.
I would like to talk to some people who own OTTB please and tell me your experiences with OTTB.
Thanks!
Pattie
     
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    12-24-2011, 10:37 PM
  #2
Yearling
I have an OTTB myself. I've had her for about three months. She's only two and she she has already had a bone chip in her knee. Hence she can't do any hard work like jumping or running but I plan on training her for english rail classes and for dressage. Sometime I might breed her when she hits 10 or so, but no time soon. I got her cantering and sidepassing under saddle before I decided to let her out to pasture for the winter. She's still too thin for me plus I don't like the fact that she's so young.
     
    12-25-2011, 09:18 AM
  #3
Banned
We own a 6 yr. Old OTTB gelding. We bought him two years ago. When we first brought him home he was only 3 months off the track and was a bit of a handfull!! He was bossy, rude and had a dangerous temper. We did alot of groundwork, and now he is a fantastic horse!! Respectful and obedient and friendly....
     
    12-25-2011, 09:43 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
I have an OTTB myself. I've had her for about three months. She's only two and she she has already had a bone chip in her knee. Hence she can't do any hard work like jumping or running but I plan on training her for english rail classes and for dressage. Sometime I might breed her when she hits 10 or so, but no time soon. I got her cantering and sidepassing under saddle before I decided to let her out to pasture for the winter. She's still too thin for me plus I don't like the fact that she's so young.
I am so sorry to hear that your horse has a bone chip in her knee. I know that isn't good. How did she get that anyway? If she is only two, how can she be an OTTB? They usually don't start racing till they are 2 or 3 years old.
I hope she gets better for you.
     
    12-25-2011, 09:47 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Beauseant    
We own a 6 yr. Old OTTB gelding. We bought him two years ago. When we first brought him home he was only 3 months off the track and was a bit of a handfull!! He was bossy, rude and had a dangerous temper. We did alot of groundwork, and now he is a fantastic horse!! Respectful and obedient and friendly....
Sounds like to me you have a better horse now and that is good to hear. I am surprised that he had such a bad temper though, at least you got that fixed up. My Hannah is such a sweetie and very good mannered and has a great temperament. She has never been rude or bossy.
What type of ground work did you do with him? Are you using natural horsemanship as well?

Pattie
     
    12-25-2011, 09:56 PM
  #6
Green Broke
This is our girl -- her name now is Aero, but she was registered and raced as Lady Braveheart.


Her career was short (one season, 8 races) because she was flipping her palette - wound up at auction, was purchased out of the kill pen by the person we got her from the very next day.
She's been "just a horse" for three years now, and is loving every minute of it from what I can tell. DD uses her as a pleasure riding horse, trail rides and for 4-H (this last year was their first). Having grown up with ranch horses, she has been a learning experience for me, lol.
     
    12-25-2011, 10:07 PM
  #7
Foal
Wow Aero is a very nice looking horse! She almost looks like mine from the side view you have of her up there. Hannah also has a registered name of La Pescadita. She was given to me by the owner, he knew I was looking for a horse and told me not to get one from anybody else that he would give me a very gentle nice horse, and she is great! She is very gentle and a sweetie.

Pattie
     
    12-25-2011, 11:48 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by pkelchner    
Sounds like to me you have a better horse now and that is good to hear. I am surprised that he had such a bad temper though, at least you got that fixed up. Are you using natural horsemanship as well?
Well, it wasn't so much that he had a bad temper, it was more that he was spoiled and pampered. I have contacted his breeder....he was born on the breeder's brother's birthday and quickly became the breeder's wife's "pet".

His race career was short, we got him 3 months off the track....so much of his life was spent as a pampered brat. He's not mean tempered, he just needed to be taught the rules of being a family horse.

Yes, we use the Parelli methods, and they worked wonderfully for Beau. He is now a sweet, affectionate gray love bug! And his manners are perfect....it just took us a while to get to this point. But he is such a wonderful horse now, he is worth all the effort it took to get him to this point!!!
     
    12-26-2011, 12:19 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Beauseant    
Yes, we use the Parelli methods, and they worked wonderfully for Beau. He is now a sweet, affectionate gray love bug! And his manners are perfect....it just took us a while to get to this point. But he is such a wonderful horse now, he is worth all the effort it took to get him to this point!!!
How long did it take you to train him before you could ride him? Also do you use bits and such are do you go "bit-less"? I would like to use the least amount of pain methods on Hannah as possible. No bit, shoes, ect. I have had her month now and have ridden her a few times without a bit, using a rope halter and lead rope for reins. I still have a lot of work to do with her but need a little bit of guidance. I don't have a lot of money, so can't afford a trainer to come over to help out. I have to do this on my own for the most part. I have been watching lots of videos, getting advice from others and such. So any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Pattie
     

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