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post #1 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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backing an ex trotter

ok so I've retrained my fair share of OTTB and broken a few trail horses but i've just been given a 7 year old jet balck pretty good looking STB gelding, he's been off the track for 3 years. I've never broken a standy to ride before and wanted to know some tried and true methods.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 07:21 AM
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I just got a Standardbred that I am going to break to saddle. I've looked and asked around, and from what I gather most of the time it is pretty easy. They're used to tack and girths so there isn't a lot to do.

Check out Horse Problems Australia Index Page

This trainer likes Standardbreds and has a video on Youtube of him backing one. You might find some tips.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 07:41 AM
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I used to take Standardbreds off the track and re-train them for riding horses. They are "normally" super easy to re-train. Just take your time and remember that they dont understand leg cues. I have never had one get upset about someone on their back, but they can get overwhelmed with leg cues since they are completely use to rein and whip cues.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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ok he's been off the track for about 3 years and has been sitting ina paddock doing nothing. I'll take it easy with him and long rein hima bit to reintroduce himto working with something he understands and then lunge him saddled so he understands before I hop on.
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