Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
We have a 20 year old OTTB that we've had since he was 9. He was raced but was a total failure and so was used as a track pony and training aide to help teach youngsters to break straight from the gate.
This horse is and always has been a total gentleman. PERFECT manners, kind, safe as houses. (My husband learned to ride on him 2 weeks after we got him.) UNLESS you put him in a round pen or small arena. There, he goes nuts, kicking, bucking, running and kicking out... He becomes totally unpredictable and dangerous whether under saddle or not.
Our solution: We never put him in a round pen or attempt to do anything with him in an arena (we're talking small, farm-type arena for barrels practicing etc. --- larger venues, he's ok.)
I don't have a ton of experience but I would imagine that most racehorses are not worked in round pens. When they are exercised, it's usually under saddle. The circles they are asked to do are considerably larger!!!
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Last edited by HagonNag; 07-27-2012 at 04:23 AM.