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post #11 of 31 Old 02-21-2012, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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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...
When I got him I had images in my head of him taking off and never stopping but he just isnt like that! Just "engage the clutch" and he stops! Ha ha!
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post #12 of 31 Old 02-22-2012, 09:07 AM
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I have an OTTB too, and I gotta tell you, what a fantastic ride he is! Smooth on the trot and canter. And at about 75 % full gallop was absolutely smooth. Sonny is the perfect horse under saddle. I too have a smile after a ride that only we understand. I hope you enjoy your thoroughbred as much as I enjoy my Sonny boy!
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post #13 of 31 Old 02-23-2012, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Cumani can be really stubborn sometimes though! And a bit nappy in the arena some days! Never thought he would be anything but crazy and I often find myself begging him to have more energy!
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post #14 of 31 Old 02-25-2012, 10:19 PM
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I know how you feel mysticl! I have an OTTB, 16.2hh, and it's amazing! Unfortunately we're nursing an hoof abcess, so I'll have to wait a bit before we get back to that kind of riding. I can't wait to ride again!!!! Your story killed me! But I loved it!!! Enjoy your OTTB. I think they're the horses best kept secret!
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post #15 of 31 Old 02-26-2012, 01:41 AM
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Congratz hahahah I'm jealous! =) the first time I cantered an ottb I was so nervous that I forgot about balance, and balancing the horse and fell flat on face! Hahaha needless to say I am very cautious about balance but congratz that's great!
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post #16 of 31 Old 02-27-2012, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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He went for a good long canter on Saturday :) No problems and he really strides out long! Kinda tucks himself up tight and pretty and goes! It's fine when I ride alone but yesterday we went in a group for a hack and we were second in the line...when we all decided to have a canter I had to trot (and it was bouncy because he was right up close!) because he couldnt manage to canter being so close behind the other horse! Poor chap was very frustrated (as was I!) and he still has that competitive streak so being stuck behind another horse was killing him!

He did so well though. We crossed 2 water obstacles and both times he never hesitated. Ok, the second one he jumped like an eventer! Lol! We laughed and said at least we know he CAN jump!

This is one horse that I trust completely :)
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Hey the secrets out now!!! I have never been on one, sounds like a fantastic breed! Congrats on your perfect match:)
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post #18 of 31 Old 02-28-2012, 10:55 AM
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WOW-A comfy canter on an OTTB!! My OTTB had a canter that was like riding a ship in a storm.
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post #19 of 31 Old 02-28-2012, 11:27 AM
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So glad to hear about your awesome OTTB. And don't worry about the trotting when everyone else is cantering... he'll get it. My guy used to have the same issues - and he STILL hates being behind other horses (even after 2 years off the track). But eventually we learned to canter so slow that sometimes the horse behind has trouble even getting into a trot, never mind a canter. Maybe it's a mean streak I have - but once he learns THAT trick you can really have some fun with other riders
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A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
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So glad to hear about your awesome OTTB. And don't worry about the trotting when everyone else is cantering... he'll get it. My guy used to have the same issues - and he STILL hates being behind other horses (even after 2 years off the track). But eventually we learned to canter so slow that sometimes the horse behind has trouble even getting into a trot, never mind a canter. Maybe it's a mean streak I have - but once he learns THAT trick you can really have some fun with other riders
ha ha! I don't mind the trot, but **** it was sore! I felt like I had been punched in the kidneys the next day from the bouncing!

He is generally very smooth and collected though, I know in time he will learn. I normally hack him out alone so he needs to learn how to be in the group!

Personally I like a horse that leads
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