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post #1 of 6 Old 01-13-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Help with my OTTB!

I have a 12yo OTTB who was previously owned by several people. He has a long line of owners who didn't take he time to train him. Was raced only a few times - not fast enough. Wasn't injured. Has just been neglected in the sense of retraining and riding. He is rideable- although slightly unpredictable. My main issue is when I trail ride him, he is CRAZY on the way home. And I have to take a few main roads to get home, I have had to get off and walk him home a few times! He gets so worked up and won't calm down. I really want to be able to ride him on the trails alone and in a group, as my other horse is getting too old.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-13-2014, 03:03 PM
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He may be a bit herd bound and is looking forward to being with his buddies in a familiar place. On the other hand, if he gets treats and rest when he gets home he may be excited about that. Try working him for 20 to 30 minutes after each trail ride, and if he usually gets grain or treats when he gets home, cut that out(he can still have them, just at a different time). Also, if you let him canter or gallop on the way home, I would cut that out as well. If he knows he has to work when he gets home and that there aren't goodies waiting for him, he may not be in such a rush to get there. It will be a lot of work and not much fun for a while, but no pain, no gain;). Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-14-2014, 01:10 AM
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Sounds to me like he is just wanting to rush home, even if you have to get off to be safe you can back him a lot, do some sending back and forth as you walk, make him get thinking and not worrying about rushing home.....

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-20-2014, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Even when we are out with the whole herd, he is rushing for home! I think he wants to be first back at the hay feeder! Winter is hard where I live. So much snow the horses don't want to trudge through so they just stand at the feeder all day, and we don't have an indoor arena! Hard to exercise them during these winter months. But yes I think it's just going to take some work, wanted to get other opinions, it will be a lot easier come spring time when it's bearable to be outside!!
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-20-2014, 06:45 PM
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I would school this out of him as close to home as possible just so you're not out in the middle of nowhere if it backfires on you. You only need to get out of sight of the barn to trigger his "going home" response, so no need to wander out too far. Just keep bringing him away from the barn, back to it, and away again until he gets the idea the he goes whichever direction you dictate. You will most likely need a very good one rein stop in your pocket and lots of patience. If he absolutely melts down and pitches a fit, be prepared to at least sit there with him pointed away from the barn and be ready to praise the snot out of him when he calms down and decides to do things your way.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-21-2014, 12:59 AM
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I would turn around or go in a different direction not toward the barn, and every time I head back and he starts to hurry up, I would once again go a different way. I also never go faster then a walk on my way back. even if we are not too close to the barn. Horses KNOW when you on your way back. its like they have a compass that always points back to the barn. I got an ex-racehorse Thoroughbred, and he stopped rushing home. One time when my friend and I were on a trail ride, we weren't even close to the barn but were heading back, and her horse realized this right away he started being spunky, and rushing, she turned him around and made him back up all the way back to the barn!! he NEVER again attempted to rush back home. he learned real quick.
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