I just recently bought a 4 year old OTTB mare. I have had her for almost 30 days. The first week I bought her I didn't do much with her, I trailered her to TN from SC so I wanted her to just relax and get used to her new surroundings.
She is a pretty sensible mare, stands quietly for the farrier, getting groomed, tacked up etc. The reason why I am posting this thread is because I would like some advice on a training schedule for her. So far I have ridden her about 4 or 5 times and she was fine, just walked/trotted her in some circles. For the most part I have been trying to work on her ground manners and lunging. She doesn't understand ANY voice commands. When I ask for a trot on the lunge she is completely clueless as to what I'm asking her to do. I have tried to incorporate using a lunge whip, but that didn't go so well. She completely lost her mind when I she saw it and took off. Another problem I'm having is that once she gets to a trot, I can't get her to transition down to a walk, or a halt. Sometimes she tries to change direction on me, which I know is a sign of disrespect.
I have all the time in the world and patience to work with her. I know she can do well, I just have NO experience working with OTTBs. My Hanoverian mare is 23 years old, she was so easy to work with when she was younger, and we had an amazing career together in the AAA Show Jumping circuit. My goal for my new OTTB is to get her to into the show circuit eventually, either Dressage or Jumping. I haven't decided that part yet. I know that book 'Beyond the Track' is supposed to be amazing, I ordered it but it has not arrived yet.
If any of you have any advice I would love to hear it.