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post #11 of 19 Old 06-10-2011, 05:01 PM
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Aw that’s sweet of you to ask!

Bobbie is an absolute joy to work with at home – willing, relaxed and a complete darling. I can leave her for a couple of weeks without riding then jump back on without having to lunge or anything and she never gives me any trouble, not your typical OTTB! I have taken her out to the forest a couple of times to ride on the trails and WOW what a trooper – walk/trot/canter/erm…extended canter (!) and she doesn’t balk, spook or fuss at anything or at any speed! Also jumps anything and everything without hesitation, as long as she is leading the pack she is content. She could well make a beautiful eventer some day.

However…

Take her to a show where there are trailers, horses and loudspeakers and she turns into a nervous wreck. I have had many OTTBs over the years but I have never seen a reaction like hers, it’s actually a little heartbreaking to watch, she becomes so scared that she trembles from head to toe, gets frozen in one spot and is prone to a two legged salute. If I can coax her to move, it is usually high speed and either sideways or backwards. From what I have learned from her track life, it doesn’t surprise me that she reacts this way the poor girl!

Every OTTB I have teaches me something new, Bobbie is teaching me to decipher between fear and insolence as she is prone to both ha ha.

Oops sorry for the novel!

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post #12 of 19 Old 06-10-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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oh no wow that's a pretty dramatic reaction. i assume she wasn't handled well on the track at all. ugh that sucks. what about taking her to hunter paces and then working up to schooling events where there's less of a concentrated crowd and often no loudspeakers? there are still trailers but at least she's not in a crowded ring and on paces can go with a small team rather than a lot of horses bunched around her?

i'm curious to hear how the move to the show barn goes! good luck and keep us posted!

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post #13 of 19 Old 06-10-2011, 08:48 PM
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Thanks CJ, that's a good idea to take her to a hunter pace, I'll have to look into it and see what's around. We'll get there in the end! I gotta admit that I was given fair warning about her antics before I bought her, so it's all in the name of the game eh? Besides, I like the tricky ones

In the beginning that was her reation to everything, all the time. She had more airtime than Oprah. Even at home alone But we overcame that so I have faith in her, it's just going to be a slower (and more colourful) journey than I anticipated.

*Hands thread back*

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post #14 of 19 Old 06-12-2011, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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cool yeah can't wait to hear how she progresses!

annnd i went to XC schooling yesterday. came off twice but was totally fine. first time was bc sky stopped dead when he spooked at something coming from a full gallop and i *just* put hind cleats on him so he stopped waaay short it was funny i couldn't stop laughing. the other time was when he took a long spot to the big tabletop and slammed his legs into the jump and landed HARD on the other side on his knees and i stayed on and focused on getting him back on his feet so i eventually wound up on his neck and once he got his feet back under him then i let go. both were minor falls and for his first time XC he really was amazing! going to try a bit recommended by my vet (who also events and is my pace partner) to give me a little stronger half halt so he can't root for the bit and wind up getting in trouble over a fence again though we did do the jump again after he scrambled and he was much more attentive so i think more than anything it was just a good learning experience.

we had SOOOO much fun! i still can't get over how great sky was for his first time out ever - and we schooled pretty much all novice!!! duke stayed more to BN since he's just not as athletic OF, and he was really good too. and i just had a blast. i haven't had that much fun in ages!!! can't wait to show them both in a few weeks

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Congrats CJ on a great time out XC schooling! Wish you had pics!

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post #16 of 19 Old 06-14-2011, 09:55 AM
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sounds like a crazy ride cj !!

im worried about the event im planning to go to, because my mare in the last 2 days has turned into a HUGE witch ! so so so so naughty ! i think im gonna have my hj trainer out for a lesson.. i can get her to be somewhat good but she acts really cold back for a lot of the ride and i know shes not actually cold backed, just super sassy.

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post #17 of 19 Old 06-14-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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yeah it really was a fun time!!!! i am mad my camera broke and i don't have $$ for a few weeks yet to get a new one grrr.

oooh gypsy sassy horse can be fun! but like my geding found out, ignoring me to the base of a large tabletop doesn't bode well XC! good luck :)

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post #18 of 19 Old 06-14-2011, 09:59 PM
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haha thanks ! luckily i have to take backe very bad thing i said, because she was perfect today ! even when the boys in the pasture next to our riding field bolted around like nuts ! maybe thurs she will be allowed to jump again =P

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-16-2011, 12:38 AM
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Nice work CJ! Next time you *must* take along a photographer so you can share pics and make us all jealous!!

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