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post #1 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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My first ottb

I just bought my first ottb. I've been riding horses for 12 years so
I am not a beginner. I rode him in just a halter and reins and he was amazing. I was just looking for some training tips in easing him into general riding then later going into showing (jumping, English/dresage) he is a big sweetheart & has lots of potential. So any advice on training & bits would be amazing!



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post #2 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 01:17 PM
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Hi Rachel
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Congratulations with your new horse
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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thank you!
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 01:47 PM
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Hey Rachael! OTTBS are almost exclusively ridden in a very basic O or D ring snaffle bit on the track so that is what I'd use with him as that is what he is accustomed to wearing.

Most Ottbs are very short on ground manners since time is money that part of their training is often lacking. Sounds like your guy could be the exception (but I wouldn't be on it LOL) but that is the place I'd start. There is a wonderful book written buy one of the founders of New Vocations that completely will answer all of your questions about retraining an OTTB.
I've retrained many OTTBs and I found it to be right on target. It also gave me many good tips.

I think the name is Beyond the Track

Http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Track-Retraining-Thoroughbred-Racecourse/dp/1570764026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328812924&sr=8-1
A huge percentage of OTTBS have ulcers so I'd do yourself a favor and get your baby in some ulcer meds right out of the gate. I use Smart packs ultra digest. Especially look into this if you find he's losing weight on his normal rations. OTTBS will eat 4 times what other horses you may have had eat also :)

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Thank you so much! They people I got him from use a Tom thumb on Jim
But I am not a fan of those
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 02:19 PM
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a very simple O ring snaffle is what he was trained and raced in, that's pretty much what everyone I know uses.
If you want something more elegant try the D ring snaffle. That is what I use.
It works great looks classy IMO. The D ring snaffle is used a lot for hunter/jumpers. I really like the look of them too.

How did you get your boy?

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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I found him online and after I saw him and rode him I fell in love. I always have use o and d ring snaffles because I've always done and english and they look the nicest!
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I second the Ulcer Supplement/meds! I can vouch for U-7 Gastric Aid!

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Is that what you used?
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-09-2012, 02:33 PM
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No I use the smart gut pellets from smartpak. They come in two pre measured cups and I've always just given one cup pr day so they last twice as long that way and that seems to be sufficent. They cost around 30. Something pr month but that will last you two months. You can set up the auto reorder every other months then shipping is free.

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