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    02-01-2010, 10:36 PM
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I just got a horse who absolutely has NO manners.
I think she'll have great potential if she learns manners
She bites if you try to tighten her girth and pins her ears
Also she will try to dance around before you mount
She paws the ground if you tighten her girth as well
When mounted she will hop around and try to get her way
She's an ex-race horse but I want some methods to teach her to learn her manners and know that I am the boss
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    02-01-2010, 10:44 PM
My horse Scooter, who I've had for 10 years, was always bratty when girthing. His previous owners were very rough with him and tightened it all at once. He still is not perfect. But He is much better. Make sure your being gentle with the girth and not making it too tight at first. Sometimes right before I would tighten it I would give him a handful of hay or a treat to get his mind off of it, and so he would be doing something else with his mouth besides biting me. If she does turn her head to nip, I'd give her a smack under her chin, usually they don't know where it came from and associate it with biting. But its really just going to take time I think.
I'm not sure how bad of a prancer she is but when you get on her make sure to just stand there for a few minutes until she stops wiggling and even a few minutes after she is still, then get off and remount. I would do this a few times everytime you ride until she gets better.
Alot of times racehorses are just mounted on the go so it will just take time to retrain her go-go thinking :)
    02-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Ex-racehorses generally aren't very good at standing still. You need to be patient with her, and understand that ex-racers come with their own special baggage.

Try establishing a firm foundation in ground work before you try to "teach her who's boss" under-saddle.
    02-01-2010, 11:05 PM
Yeah I already understood I'm going to need a LOT of ground work done with her
I usually put the girth on the first hole on the billets and tighten one hole at a time before I mount
    02-01-2010, 11:35 PM
I have an ex racer. He was on the track for eight years, off the track for about a year and a half now. He's been in my hands for seven months. He is very girthy as well, and now he's learned that he can puff himself up. I do the gradual tightening of the girth, I usually tighten once when I put the saddle on, then I go about my business, pick his hooves out and maybe put on his splint boots,then tighten again, then put his bridle on and walk him out to the mounting block then tighten on just before I mount up. He usually waits until I am fully mounted and in the saddle to walk off, so we're working on that.

Get him in the round pen and do join up, lunge him, whatever you want to call it. Make sure there are LOTS of directional changes and changes of pace, because controlling his feet will establish you as leader and get him to start respecting you. Free lunging will be easier for him to understand than a lunge line will, since they aren't used to having somebody in control of their head.

How long has she been off the track for, and how old is she?

Here is a link to a forum specifically for OTTBs and OTSBs. It has been VERY helpful, since all of the people there have lots of experience re-training and dealing with these horses. Also I recommend finding a trainer who has experience re-training OTTBs, even if they don't ride in your chosen discipline, OTTB's have a certain way of thinking that's almost backwards from how regular riding horses think, and a trainer who understands that will be invaluable. You can also PM me if you want me to share some of my experiences. Forums - Home
    02-01-2010, 11:39 PM
Thanks a lot I hope that this will help me because this horse is going to need LOTS of training before I can even start to think of showing.
She is 12 and has been off the track for quite sometime
    02-01-2010, 11:40 PM
What has she been doing all of this time? Was she just out to pasture? That's how Ice got to enjoy the first part of his "retirement" and its actually made him much harder to train.
    02-01-2010, 11:50 PM
A 13 year old girl has been riding her and showing her but she hasn't been rode in 2 months because the girl is scared of her. She has been out to pasture and before they got her she was neglected.
    02-02-2010, 12:00 AM
How does she ride, does she rush through her gaits, etc? Is she heavy on your hands/ on the forehand? And what do you plan on showing her in?

Hopefully all of my nagging questions can get some other persons advice, lol ;)
    02-02-2010, 12:03 AM
She will do a steady walk if you keep your hands firm
When you trot she'll try to hop into a canter

She has a VERY light mouth but she'll try to jerk you when she wants to canter

You have to be very easy with your legs

I plan on showing her in show jumping
She has had experience with jumping

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