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post #21 of 35 Old 06-19-2013, 09:46 AM
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wouldnt doing dressage aswel as racing confuse him?

looks a little like forced contact? reminds me when miover was getting trained into hacking, many months ago
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I think its a shame to race a horse that's being re-trained for another career but race horses that have been properly broken as opposed to knowing only to gallop and follow a string seem to cope OK. Injury would be the biggest risk
The yard I worked on had Point to Point horses in the hunting season and they were a real pleasure to ride because they were properly broke in the same way as a normal horse
Re. the cribbing - I found that as much turn out as possible does help as does a collar. The habit is associated with stress and stress is linked to ulcers so you'd do well to treat him for that if you decide to have him but I cant say that it stopped any of ours from cribbing and they mostly did it when they were bored. None of them were underweight, none of them ever had colic and the TB mare had 3 foals and none of them cribbed - or any of the young horses she was turned out with
Obviously there are always exceptions and these are only my experiences
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post #23 of 35 Old 06-19-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yes! I am so worried that this last race will not turn out well. Racing makes me nervous anyway. He is usually a mile horse but they decided to try him at 4 furlongs this race.. So hopefully that means less stress on his legs and less risk of injury.

I may do some trial and error with supplements to help with regulating acids in the stomach and ulcers. I'm still doing research.. Ill have to talk to my trainer too.

Thanks for the replies, all! It's encouraging to know you all see potential in him too. I think he's a good find, especially in my area so that makes me feel better about forking over the 1500.
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wouldnt doing dressage aswel as racing confuse him?

looks a little like forced contact? reminds me when miover was getting trained into hacking, many months ago
I think it's fantastic for a horse to be trained into another career instead of just racing. Consider it cross training.
There isn't much contact at all, period. The horse needs to re learn how to move forwards and accept contact.
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wouldnt doing dressage aswel as racing confuse him?

looks a little like forced contact? reminds me when mover was getting trained into hacking, many months ago
Proper basic Dressage training should NOT be forcing a head set. It should be training that teaches the horse to respond to weight and learn a solid halt, and basic leg yielding, as well as basic obedience. Since many people own sports horses that can also babysit their children, it IS possible to train for both, although the OP is probably not gonna race him after purchase, so...kinda a moot point.

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Since many people own sports horses that can also babysit their children, it IS possible to train for both, although the OP is probably not gonna race him after purchase, so...kinda a moot point.
Nice to know he'll be cleaning up ribbons in any gymkhana races though! But more importantly, a bit of speed is nice and will help his eventing career if the OP chooses to go down that route. Setting aside the frame he's being held in, which I don't like, I think he shows a lot more dressage potential than most TBs I've seen. Crossing fingers he's sound!
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So excited (and nervous!) to see him race tomorrow night!

I found a really great Grand Prix trainer in my area so I'll probably try to get into that barn and then just worry about the jumping/eventing next year :) I never knew this trainer existed before, and I'm kinda nervous to go to a big, uppity dressage barn, but totally worth it for the awesome training!
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post #28 of 35 Old 06-21-2013, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Here are my images from the races today :) it was sooo fun, my first time watching live racing! I need to go more often, the track is right down the road from me. Next time though, I'm leaving my money in the car. It seems like every win I'd bet the horse would get second, every place I'd bet, they'd get third, and every show I bet they'd do even worse! But it was fun :)

Anyway, Mister was last in his race.. Poor guy! Lol but he was #1 to me and he finished sound so no complaints :) I will be test riding him this week (hopefully sooner rather than later) and if all goes well, ill go forward with the ppe :) yay!
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I like him a lot. Love that shoulder. Pasterns not too long or too short. When you do start schooling him, and he acts like you're killing him asking to go forward, remember those racing pictures.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Forgot to add. Next time you go to the track, bet across the board. That way you get $$ win, place or show.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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