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post #11 of 23 Old 04-29-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I used to have a registered TB off the track that was a lot like yours! he would have his tail up like an arabian prancing around all the time, good luck!
Spartacus is registered too. It was a complete surprise when he started trotting like that. I was filming, and I couldnt beleive what I was seeing,
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 03:23 PM
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Very nice horse, congratulations on seeing past his "issues".
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post #13 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 04:03 PM
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Oh wow! That trot! Congrats on your new boy :)

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post #14 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 06:01 PM
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Congratulations he's a very beautiful horse:)
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-02-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday was the first re training day

So the first day arrived. We started with very very simple exercises. Just long walks with the lead rope. Halt order to full stop, etc.
Considering the great response we practiced some trot wit the lead rope and things went great too.
Finally we went back to the paddock and without lead rope we practiced the same. Spartacus is a great follower. He will follow me around the paddock responding perfectly well to the walk/halt order.
Just the first day. We are going to repeat a couple of times this routine and then we are going to try it with the bit. Afterwards with the bit and saddle.
Then things will get interesting….
Definitely Spartacus is a very stable and well mannered horse. He is not spooky at all. I exposed him to a lot of strange things for him during the walk and he always reacted curiously but without fear at all.
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-05-2013, 12:19 PM
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Good luck training him.

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post #17 of 23 Old 07-01-2013, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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News from spartacus

After two months of hard work, this Saturday was spartacus first time being ridden by a kid. The first month was very frustrating. Suddenly he became very aggressive a difficult to handle. Was almost impossible to work with him. He lost a lot of weight and didnt want to work at all. We just let him rest for two full weeks and started lunging him just walking, and slowly moved to trot and finally canter. Just when he was easy on every rithm we started riding him.

Take a look at this gorgeous, calm and lovely OTTB with a 12 year old riding him.....


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post #18 of 23 Old 07-01-2013, 11:39 AM
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Congrats! Sounds like he just needed his let down period a bit longer. He looks AWESOME. Congrats with him OTTBs are so much fun to work with.
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post #19 of 23 Old 07-01-2013, 12:08 PM
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It was very kind of you to buy a one-eyed horse. I don't want to buy a horse with handicaps. Still, enjoy him.

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post #20 of 23 Old 07-01-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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It was very kind of you to buy a one-eyed horse. I don't want to buy a horse with handicaps. Still, enjoy him.
One eyed horses can deal with everything just as any horse. Is more an esthetic handicap than a functional handicap. He lunges perfectly well for both sides, much better than many horses I´ve known with both eyes. I´ve seen one eyed horses winning jumping events easily.
What Im sure about is that Spartacus had no chance after the tracks. Usually people are scared of OTTB, and being one eyed his chances were reduced to almost 0. Now he has a new life, with the best care, loving riders , and who knows, maybe in a couple of months he is kicking butts in the shows!!
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