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post #1 of 7 Old 09-08-2009, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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2 OTT TB's Help

Ok so long story short, I just got two OTT Thoroughbreds back that I had owned several years ago for a short time. And I have no idea what to do with them! I love trail riding, want to get in to barrel racing, possible jumping, intrigued by endurance and cross country.

So here are my questions. Which of those would a TB be good at? Jumping I would think and maybe cross country? But I'm not sure since they are both OTT.

When I had them we went on trail rides and I noticed that the mare was extremely off balance and her gaits were anything but smooth, also very jumpy. The gelding was a ton smoother and not a bad ride but bucks a lot. They are both friendly and easy to catch and the gelding (Vaguer) loads well and the mare (Jeli) has no problem getting in if he's in there. But they are extremely buddy sour. They abo****ey freak being apart.

So how do I help Jeli to be more balanced? Can I? And what's the best way to get Vaguer to stop bucking? Any other advice?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-08-2009, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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No ideas?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-08-2009, 03:24 PM
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Tb's are's very athletic and can do almost anything, but as for what they are best at...

They tend to be a bit long bodied and tall for speed events (barrels and such).

Cross country, endurance, jumping, and trails they can do great at! It really depends on the horse however. Maybe dabble in several different options and see what they like best?
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Thanks, anyone else? Training tips?
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For the off balanced mare, dressage training would be a great place to start. Getting her to use her body properly will help develop the muscles she needs for good balance. Lots of trotting, circles and suppling exercises.

For the bucker, I'd have someone take a look at his back and hips to see if it's a pain issue. If it's behavioral, he's probably just one of those horses who needs to be ridden more frequently. Horses that act out usually are smart, easily bored and need a confident leader/rider.

Like others have said, TB's can do any of the english disciplines. I'd start with dressage for both of them, get their muscles built up properly, and then you can move onto jumping.
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Thanks a lot for the advice.
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well, as everyone's said, OTTB's are usually re-trained in English disciplines, but as far as Western events you're interested in, I don't see why you couldn't try it. Barrel racing in particular doesn't place a lot of emphasis on conformation as much as it does stop-and-go power (my boy can do some fast spins without moving very much of his front end, it feels like I'm going to fall off!) and unless you really plan on going professional with it, you could always try it out and see where that goes?

But pretty much anything you could think of, a TB, especially one off the track will most likely excel at.
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