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post #11 of 14 Old 03-04-2013, 11:05 PM
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How often do you change directions? He has to slow down to change. If he speeds up again, keep changing his direction until he walks.

Stopping or speeding up can work, but which you do depends on the horse and its breed. Hot blooded horses like Arabs and TBs, ones with go, speeding up doesn't work. They are bred for their endurance. Those need to be stopped instead.

Cold blooded or lazy horses, you would want to speed up

Basically, do the opposite of what they want to do.
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CORPORAL - first of all thanks for your advice, it is appreciated. However, a little upset by your last comment. I love my boy very much and I am aware that he has already had 3 owners since he left the racing scene in 2011. He has been dangerous at times and i've also been quite bloody scared of the big lad but i've NEVER said i'm giving up on him. The reason I've asked for advice is because I want him to be the best horse he can be and I want us to improve together!

Thanks to everyone else too. I'm taking the suggestions on board. I'm also going to ask a TB knowledgeable instructor to come and help me lunge him so we can learn together
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
Retraining can take up to 10x as long as training an unspoiled horse. ALL ex-racetrack TB's come with baggage. They have been trained to run as if a predator is chasing them, and the new training is very confusing to them.
Corporal, a lot of the advice you give on here tends to be very fantastic. However, for the sake of it, racehorses do NOT go out and run like heck from the second they leave the starting stalls. Horses are settled into their preferred positions, and tend to lob along until they need to quicken up. Classic examples of how a race is set up can be seen by the Ballydoyle team - Aiden O'Brien is the master of setting up races to be run exactly how it will benefit his best horse.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 08:03 AM
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Something I will add to Corporal's suggestion is to be sure your whip is pointed behind you and the tip is on the ground. Also look down at your feet. If you pass the line behind your back instead of circling, often times horse will stop. When he does, drop your whip and give his face a rub. When a horse gets warm this is one place (between the eyes and forehead) they enjoy a rub so it becomes a reward. Asking him to do this 3 times is all you need to ask for the first session as it takes 3 times for most horses to put it together.Do one direction only until he's fairly solid then work on the other side. It will be like training a different horse.
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