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post #11 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 03:39 AM
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If its that muddy, and a young horse, I would be worries about his legs and probably leave it till the weather cheers up or find a pen/school close by to hire out and even walk him to it.

Unless a horse has a been there done that tshirt, and is a youngster I treat it like its done nothing, that way when we achieve something, I'm impressed, rather than disappointed it didn't happen sooner, or he didn't know it etc.

Treat him unhandled, get to know him, and go from there.
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post #12 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 09:32 AM
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So maybe you should think about moving him to a better facility more equipt for training space. You aren't getting anywhere with him.. horses need space to learn.. and when they get more fit, you shorten the amount of space you get them because they are more balanced and their body can handle it.

I would at least look for a large enough arena, maybe even an indoor. Round pens are nice because you can let them loose to exercise themselves and step in and teach them something as well.

Do this for your horse, AND your safety missy!
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post #13 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I've been looking, but I'm having difficulty finding a barn that will be able to accomodate both my horses. Most boarding places will only accept one - and most are not open to youngsters.

The search continues :(

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post #14 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 10:14 AM
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Best of luck

EDIT: WAIT!!!!! I did a bit of research.

Try those sources and see if you can find something. I assume you're in Canada based on your sig (sorry for creeping :P)

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post #15 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 10:19 AM
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You've had him for a month, how long has he been off the track?
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post #16 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 03:04 PM
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We got our OTTB at 5 yrs. old, fresh off the track....

Here we are 2 years later, and he is the most respectful and perfect horse, whether doing groundwork, lunge line or just hanging out.

But he was a handful for the first year. All fire and brimstone when he didn't get his way....we nicknamed him "Diablos", spanish for devil.

Now here we are with the same horse, who is almost 7 yrs. old ,, an OTTB with perfect manners, but even so, he needs to just blow of his energy often. We turn him out to the field and he just goes and are probably right in thinking some running space would benefit your OTTB!

Because even well trained and respectful OTTBs need time to just let loose sometimes:

Here is our video of a well trained and calm tempered OTTB!!!!

Notice how at the end he is like "OK, i am done now" and goes about his business like all those shenanigans and mad galloping never happened? LOL
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 03:29 PM
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I started off with a bridle (the previous owner had mentioned she was using one to lunge him), and he broke all 4 of the ones I dared to put on him. Each time I used a very light, rubber snaffle. So I figured that the halter would be better.

I have been trying to go back to the very basics (so far back as halter training, which we went over this morning lol), and he's being handled and "worked" if that's what you want to call it, 5 out of 7 days a week.

So I guess it's back to yearling training for us! :p
Absolutely!! He needs to be retrained from the ground up, or else you'll never really trust him, he'll never really trust YOU or defer to you, and You'll be the one who is hurt, while he is the one who somebody in your family sells at auction. I know this sounds harsh, but you have a hot-blooded horse whose training has been to run away from a whip. He could be a very good horse, but right now he is a rogue.
I'm sure that you CAN retrain him. It will take a LOT of your time. If you don't mind spending the next 6 month-year before he really listens to you, then keep him and undertake this. Otherwise, I'd market him to stables where they frequently buy OTTB's and train them to show.
I was very impressed with Clinton Anderson's recent series training the OTTB, "Tricky Warrier." In this case, CA bought the gelding, then put him out to pasture for 6 months to probably put some weight on him, but more probably to let him relax. If you can watch his series--it's replaying now on RFD-tv--it will certainly help you. Good luck--I'm not trying to criticize you, just don't want you to get banged up. =D
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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I'll have no problems taking him back to yearling training. I was simply asking for advice for my specific space related issue since I don't have the space I'd like. This barn is relatively new to me - but I've been around horses for years.

I suppose my only option (one I'm going to struggle with) would be to go about finding another barn. As I feel that he has the ground training everywhere else (leading, tacking, ground commands - i.e. back up, woah, stand, etc.) but requires that little bit of explosive behaviour in a safe environment to allow the training to really stick.

Thanks everyone :)

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post #19 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 09:30 PM
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It does sound like he just needs a place where he can stretch his legs on a more frequent basis. Good luck in your search for a better barn fit.

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post #20 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 09:39 PM
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Is he getting any turnout?

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