Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southern Oregon
Anyone have experience retraining ottb?
I'm not quite sure what I'm dealing with yet, but I could use all the help I could get! My friend, whose horses we work with, just adopted two ottbs. I'm going to get their tatoo #'s and do some research on their previous training and try to track down what their lives have been like since the track. For now all we know; William we think is 9, and Sambo about 16. Both were severly malnurished, William is now only about 1-200 lbs underweight, but Sambo has further to go. My plan is to work with William and I started by lunging yesterday. He did great and has great ground manners, but had only two speeds on the lunge......fast and faster! I'm sure that he will slow down with time and patience, but I want to do this the right way. We do have another gal who will be helping take care of these guys who is a race horse trainer, and she will be helping me, but I'm not sure how much help she will be because she is used to training them to go "fast", not the other way around. My plan is to go slow, only lunging (no tack at first), then progress to tacking him up and lunging, and not mounting until I feel I have control on the lunge. I have only worked with slower going qh types in the past that I worked hard to get "forward", and now I have to do the opposite while preserving the "forward". HHMMMMM :roll: Any help/advice would be great! Thanks in advance!