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post #1 of 11 Old 07-22-2014, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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Help with a new mare... Some kicking and bucking issues

Hi my name is ashley,
I bought a 4-year old mare ottb she has a clean record and I have vet checks on her nothing is physically wrong with her teeth are fine and feet are great saddle fits perfect I got her on Saturday July 12th and started doing lunging with tack and things like that very sweet mare, when I go to get up on her with my boyfriend holding her she kicks out and bucks a little if I walk her, what can I do to help this ?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-22-2014, 03:22 PM
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Too much horse. Not enough handler.

You are too green for this green horse. My suggestion is to send the horse out for training and you take riding lessons. In 4 months this horse will be nicely saleable and you can sell him and get an older, steady horse that will fit you better.

OTTB are not for beginners. Most 4 year old horses are not for beginners. Beginners and green horses are a bad wreck waiting to happen.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-22-2014, 04:29 PM
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How long has it been since she was on the track? Has she had any training since coming off the track? Did you ride her before you bought her? Can you return her and get your money back? Do you have a local trainer to help?

Too many things unknown to give a good answer.

Edit: Agree with too much horse for you.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-22-2014, 04:43 PM
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This is a mixture for disaster. This horse was bred to run on the track, NOTHING ELSE! Its fine if you can salvage them and turn them into something, but most end up like this , in a home with not near enough experience. Someone is going to get hurt or worse here. Where is your trainer in this mess?
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This is a mixture for disaster. This horse was bred to run on the track, NOTHING ELSE! Its fine if you can salvage them and turn them into something, but most end up like this , in a home with not near enough experience. Someone is going to get hurt or worse here. Where is your trainer in this mess?
I would strongly disagree with this. There are MANY MANY Ottb;s that make really nice mounts for a variety of disciplines. However-they have to be properly let down after the track and have to be handled by an experienced handler to retrain them. Most DO NOT end up like this. I would agree this is way too much horse for this OP..and she needs to have a quieter safer horse.

I would also guess this horse probably needs a good chiro. I am guessing back pain is some of the cause of this. JMHO.
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Someone already asked this, but how long has she been off the track?

It sounds like back pain and a bad match for you all rolled into one. I would seek the help of a trainer who is experienced with OTTB's right away. They can be lovely horses, but people too often assume that they are trained like normal riding horses when they are not.
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I would strongly disagree with this. There are MANY MANY Ottb;s that make really nice mounts for a variety of disciplines. However-they have to be properly let down after the track and have to be handled by an experienced handler to retrain them. Most DO NOT end up like this. I would agree this is way too much horse for this OP..and she needs to have a quieter safer horse.

I would also guess this horse probably needs a good chiro. I am guessing back pain is some of the cause of this. JMHO.

There are far more that end up food for something then a show ring star. The liability of giving or selling these things is huge. If someone gets hurt the poo is going to hit the fan and someone's liability insurance is going to take a hit. When mine are done, they are DONE!
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She is trying to intimidate you. Don't be soft around her. When you ask her to move or stop, make her do it. This doesn't mean you need to hit her, just ramp up your energy and walk like your angry. Let the horse think you will murder it if it doesn't do as you ask.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-22-2014, 07:15 PM
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Don't get on now. this horse is not ready to be ridden. that's all I can do to help you.

we are assuming you are a beginner, but may I ask how much experience you DO have?
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There are far more that end up food for something then a show ring star. The liability of giving or selling these things is huge. If someone gets hurt the poo is going to hit the fan and someone's liability insurance is going to take a hit. When mine are done, they are DONE!
This could be the subject of another thread, so as not to derail this one. However, I would suggest that there are many horses successful at being great mounts. There are many things in between "show ring Star" and Alpo.

You and I will have to agree to disagree, and if you wish to discuss further-start a thread.
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