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post #1 of 31 Old 02-20-2012, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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My first canter on my new OTTB :)

I have owned Cumani about a month now and I have kept riding to slow, easy work while he lets down from his racing career. He is a very gentle soul but alas! He is BIG (16.3hh) and he CAN run even though he wasn't all that keen on racing!

So I have done lots of long trotting sessions with him and yesterday I took him out for a ride around the block and decided (spur of the moment!) to ask him for a canter. If anything he is lazy not fizzy! Our roads are all dirt, cars give way to horses and the pavements are big, wide grassy stretches, most with well worn bridle paths for the horses.

So we had had a nice long solid trot for about 700 meters and as we rounded the bend there was a long strentch of freshly mowed lawn and I asked him for canter, kinda expecting him to blow his mind but he was smooth and collected and I haven't felt so exhillerated in years!

What a comfy canter too!

Further along I took him off the road along a trail that follows parallel to the road and gave him another nice canter along the flat. That horse feels grass under his hooves and he is "home"! But he stops when asked to and doesn't lose his mind like I half expected him to when I was told the horror stories of OTTBs. then when we got home he had a nice long canter up to the stables. We had a show on so it was a good test for him with strange horses around doing cross country!

I found the right horse for me
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post #2 of 31 Old 02-20-2012, 09:21 AM
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That's pretty sweet!

Congrats on your new horse.
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post #3 of 31 Old 02-20-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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He is just sweet, I couldnt ask for more :) Im sure he will give me my fair share of nonsense one day though ;)
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post #4 of 31 Old 02-20-2012, 10:18 AM
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Aww congrats, he sounds so lovely!

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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post #5 of 31 Old 02-20-2012, 12:04 PM
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How absolutely wonderful!

It just doesn't get any better than that, does it? I hope y'all have a long and happy relationship and it sounds like you're well on the way...
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SHHHhhh...if people find out how great OTTB's are, everyone will want one! I had a similar 5th gear experience yesterday in a large field and was still grinning like an idiot 2 hours later, so I know exactly how you feel. They really are fantastic horses. Glad you found such a good match.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 31 Old 02-21-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I will keep it hush hush ;)

I lunged yesterday and have started him over a trotting pole which is now raised to a small cross pole. He was enjoying it so much I decided to throw on my saddle and see if he would do it with me on his back. WELL! It was almost dark eventually and I couldnt get him to stop! He was popping over the cross pole and then a small 30cm upright.

I had that same stupid grim on my face for hours! And my non horsie friends would never understand so I had to just keep it to myself!
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that sounds amazing, so happy for you!!!
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congrats!! :)
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What a comfy canter too!
I know. My very first time cantering was on a 16.2 hh OTTB and it was like riding in a Cadillac. Those long athletic legs just made him glide...
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