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post #1 of 5 Old 12-01-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Great lesson today! :D

A while back ago I got an Ottb. Well my mom did. All he's ever been trained for is racing and barrel racing. Nothing else. A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to work with him. My mom wants to sell him because they do nothing with him. Well I started working him on the lunge line. Typical Ottb puts his head up and hollows out (his neck is upside down. He was always ridden in a tie down). He lunges like well a racehorse lol. So I put some loose sidereins on him to try and get him working a little more correct so he will listen and I can teach him. I know sidereins are not the best choice but this actually worked. Lol. At first he kind of looked confused and surprised he couldn't throw his head up and had a little Spazz out for a second but caught on real quick. Anyways in a short time I had him working pretty round and from behind (he's actually really good at it). I had him working off voice commands. Walk trot canter and whoa. I can actually get him to do it freely in the round pen. He is doing so so good. His only trouble is the right lead. Exracehorse has trouble to the right. Not a big surprise. Lol. Well today I had a lesson with a new instructor. I was walking trotting and cantering in nice circles! He was better to the left of course. But he did awesome. I barely had to use my hands to get him to slow. He slowed off my body and voice. I got him to give me contact and work more underneath himself. She made me trot around the arena in 2 point (that hurt). We trotted over ground poles. He did amazing for not really being ridden in 5 months and having no previous riding in English. I'm going to switch bits from a dee ring snaffle with rollers to a loose o ring French link snaffle. Anyone have tips on getting a right lead with an Ottb? He can get on the right lead sometimes. But he likes to crossfire and just simply be on the left lead. I'm getting him working on leg pressure and leg yields. He's doing great. Heck I might want to buy him from my mom lol
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Good, so you've already discovered how smart they are and what a good work ethic they have. Sounds like he likes having a job and good guidance from his rider. As for the right lead, what I did was strengthen his left hind leg by riding shoulder-fore and haunches-in at the walk to get him to put that leg more under his center of gravity. Once he could do it easily, and I was convinced it was pulling more weight, I would canter on very large circles and never straightaways. The circles help them find their balance and keep it. The circle also usually prevent cross-firing, but not always. Hope that helps. TB are great!

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-01-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Yes we were cantering circles and he was having a very hard time to the right. It must be a balance issue. He kept running over the cones that made our circle lol but he never freaked out. He's so good. Very very intelligent! Just needs so much work. He does need lots of muscle too. We are going to work on his right side a lot with thinking and bending exercises. He loves to do things. He was so excited to go somewhere lol.
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Yeah they do like to have a job. Sounds like you're on the right track with building up his strength. Lots of trotting will help with his balance.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-01-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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We have a lot of steep but small hills too. Will those work
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