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        07-01-2009, 02:59 PM
    I need advice :)

    I need advice on horse purchasing.

    First, there's this horse named Monster. I have been riding him for about 1 1/2 months now about once a week. He's really grown on me and I really really love him. One problem: he's only been off the track for about 2 months. I have no idea how to train an ex-racehorse. I am getting books on it soon, but I feel sometimes that I'm not skilled enough for him. Another thing, I love to jump. BUT I tried lunging Monster over a small jump and he didn't like it one bit. I might be able to slow things down and get him over it, but there's still the experience issue.

    Second, I could look for a different horse. I have found one that's 10 years old and a schoolmaster. He's trained over jumps and is a "beginner's" horse. I would think I am an intermediate rider. I have some problems with my balance and with my effectiveness as a rider, but I am working on some exercises (pilates, running, ab work).

    I don't know how I could just "give up" on Monster though. I've grown so close to him and our bond is pretty strong even though we've only been together for a short time. I'm just wondering what you guys think I should do.
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        07-01-2009, 03:04 PM
    Hi! If your so attached to Monster why not see if Rowanoak livery Yard in Brecon, Wales can help. They do training etc and may be able to help, they helped me. Go to www.rowanoaklivery.co.uk for contact details etc.
        07-01-2009, 03:36 PM
    Oh gosh, I live in the US, in the way south :) That wouldn't quite work...but thanks anyways!
        07-01-2009, 05:38 PM
    Honestly, part of Monster's jumping problems are probably that if you didn't do extensive ground pole work before making any sort of jump, its scary and he isn't quite sure about the whole thing, especially being off the track, and not used to having to work over any sort of obstacles. As for retraining him, a lot of it, is just going over the basics, walking, and trotting especially, and working on transitions. If you like him that much, I wouldn't give up on him. I love ottb's, and they have so much potential in them. Most of the one's I've worked with did absolutely fine with a few months of very light easy work, and destressing from the track atmosphere. I would work him over trot poles, and eventually canter poles before putting a fence in front of him, and see if he doesn't take to jumping with that approach.
        07-01-2009, 06:24 PM
    Yeah I agree that I worked WAY too fast for the jumping. I didn't see it like that until I posted here. I think I was confusing the poor guy! Lol

    I do think I'll stick with Monster. He's a good horse, just a little green and in need of some re-training. When I put him a different situation when he's by himself in a nice, relaxed atmosphere without me having to rush him, I think we'll do fine. I want to take lessons with him, but I don't have a trailer to haul him the 40 miles every other tuesday. But I might ask my trainer if she wants to come ride him every now and then and teach me where I keep him.
        07-02-2009, 04:57 AM
    Good luck with Monster
        07-03-2009, 12:06 PM
    If you don't think you're experienced enough for a green horse, I would say go for the schoolmaster. You wouldn't be doing right by Monster if you didn't know what you were doing once you bought him. What happens if he developes a vice that you don't know how to fix? Or what happens if he turns out to be ill-suited for what you want to do with him? You'll really regret it if you get stuck with a horse that you can't do anything with. Green horse + green rider = a recipe for disaster. The older horse sounds like a wiser choice. Could you still see Monster if you don't buy him?
        07-03-2009, 01:45 PM
    Could you find yourself a good trainer that you could work with, who would be able to help you with training and keeping you both on the right track? I would think that if you are a competent rider and have someone who can help you through the rough patches, it seems like it might be great to keep working with a horse you are bonded with. If you are doing it all by yourself, I would really think hard about whether you not you feel competent to really do right by Monster.
        07-03-2009, 05:07 PM
    Well, I've ridden him and I've done pretty good with him. I wouldn't say that I'm a green rider, but I'm definitely not amazingly seasoned like some of y'all :) I know what to do for the most part. There's just a few things that my trainer said she'd come down and help me with occasionally. I do have back up and help through this, I'm not all alone!

    If I didn't get Monster, I'm not sure if I'd ever see him again. His owner is the type who thinks if a horse isn't working or doing anything for her, then they aren't worth having. She's not a horse trader, but the way she works reminds me of one. Her way of training is to "light a fire under the horse's butt." I don't think that Monster needs something like that. He's kinda sensitive and needs someone understanding.

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