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post #21 of 167 Old 04-12-2010, 02:20 PM
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If you cannot afford a trainer, why not look one up and get some videos and such? I like Clinton Anderson's bending practices they are very helpful in many many ways. Im huge on bending, I think its a godsend. And I feel bending is something you really need right now. It will relax your horse, get him mind focused on your, teach him to give to the bit and be softer in the mouth, and many other helpful things. Its amazing how much simple bending exercises helps you and your horse.
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Thanks Maura! That makes sense!!!!!
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post #23 of 167 Old 04-12-2010, 02:23 PM
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Maura, what a wonderful response. OP, I hope you can take a step back and absorb the information being offered rather than continue to dismiss every response.
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post #25 of 167 Old 04-12-2010, 02:44 PM
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Yet another owner who thinks DVDs and books are going to magically fix their horse. :roll:

OP, you're looking for a magic bullet and there isn't such a thing. If it existed, do you think those of us advising you to get yourself and your horse to a trainer wouldn't have already used it?

The next thread you post about your 'horrible' horse I'm going to ignore, since it's obvious you're unwilling to listen to any real suggestions that might actually cost you time, effort and money.
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Themacpac and Speed Racer, I am only dismissing responses because they involve $$ that I don't HAVE!
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post #27 of 167 Old 04-12-2010, 03:31 PM
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I'm going to focus on this part of your original post, as I think other posters have addressed the other issues. My overall impression is that your horse was never truly "reclaimed" from the track. Saddle fit may also be part of the problem, but I think the biggest issue is that your horse really doesn't know how to be a riding horse and is stuck in driving horse mode.

Have you ever truly watched a driving horse in shafts and how they turn? They don't bend their bodies, because they can't - the shafts prevent them. They turn by holding their bodies still and pivoting on their hind ends, crossing over with their front legs. So when you ask your horse to turn as a riding horse should, bending his body and making a gradual, turn, he can't do it. The fact the he comes back to a walk in order to turn tells me he's a smart, nice guy who wants to live to see dinner. His reaction to being unbalanced is to slow down - that's a good thing.

Teaching a horse to bend and balance around a turn is 1.) a job for an experienced rider or one supervised by an instructor and 2.) more complicated than I can explain in a internet post.

Of the problems you mention in your original post, most are attributable to the horse's history on the track and not being reschooled as a riding horse. If you can find someone to help you, even for a short time, that has some experience reschooling OTTSBs, that would be best.
Thank you for writing this Maura. Very good point, one I skimmed over in my previous responses.


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Themacpac and Speed Racer, I am only dismissing responses because they involve $$ that I don't HAVE!

There is no need to be rude or dismissive though... you asked a question, and people are giving you answers...


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Im sorry everybody for being dismissive, I am just SO STRESSED OUT!
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The thing is that something needs to change; you need to learn how to work and retrain this horse, and please get the saddle fit checked. I would suggest going to a simple snaffle (preferably a double jointed bit with cheeks, I suggest a dee ring french link for this horse) and ditching the flash, as it is being used incorrectly. People on the internet can only help so much; you want someone right there with you to teach you how to retrain this horse, you need that constant, immediate feedback. DVDs are good... to a point. There is no feedback, so you could be doing something wrong and never know it.


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