Originally Posted by Troutpilot
Thank you all for your input. As I am new to this forum, I am quite shocked at the responses, especially those that are so very, very far off the mark!!! The OTTB I have leased is a real sweetie. She was checked by 2 vets, one at tghe track when she was given to the new owner and the new owner is a vet tech at an equine hospital here in the state, so she had a VERY thorough going over. No sores, no ulcers, no chiropractics .....OMG. The saddle I use is a Schleese fitted by a trained Schleese fitter/dealer. No issues there. So back to the beating....
WOW!!! Stunned at how people her want to avoid that issue. YES SHE WAS BEATEN. She had 12 grooms in 12 weeks, as per her previous track ownwer informing the new owner. She would not cooperate so she was hit. Kicked in the belley when girth tightening. He stated so himself. She refused to race or run. Her personality was' TOO NICE" for a Thoroughbred. Really. No vices at all, tender eyes and soft behavior all around. Gentle as a quarter horse. So once again, back to a very simple direct question...
How do you desensitize her now? No weird answers please.
If you are going too hang around here you better get use to the horse experts sailing of into the blue.
In response too your quastion:
Lots Of TLC!
Ground Work.....fill your pockets with apples, cookies and a sandwich and just take her for walks, stop and let her graze then go on to the next place.
Don´t worry about the riding, just buddy up with her. Let her know she´s not going to get hit.
It can take time, but it will pay off.