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post #21 of 30 Old 12-13-2011, 11:14 PM
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The OP knows her horse, and if she feels that all he needs is some room to run and burn off some energy, I believe her. OTTBs are like that sometimes, as my video shows......they need room to expend that explosive energy.

Our boy is an absolute angel on the ground, obedient and respectful....same under saddle, but is very energetic and wants to GO...definately not a beginner horse...but still, he is a great ride and a lovely well behaved boy on the ground.

He just needs some room to let loose once in a while. So, I think the OP hit the nail on the head with her read on the situation. She has a young OTTB that just needs to be able to do what his genetic wiring tells him to do....run. Needing to do so does not mean they are badly trained, just energetic ex athletes.
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post #22 of 30 Old 12-14-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

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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 goes....you 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!!!!

Once a race horse... always a race horse ~ crazy gray thoroughbred - YouTube


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

I love this video, he looks like he is having a blast. I wish my pony would run around more, the lazy brat lol
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Ok, here's my take on it. Start back at the beginning, and small, and short. Is there another facility that you can board him at? Maybe one with a proper roundpen? You need to get his respect. Being sweet doesn't mean they are respectful. ;) Don't pay attention to his size, YOU be "bigger than him". If you start him in a small circle, watch his body language, if it looks like he's going to "explode" get after him before he does it. Or change direction. Make him do something YOU want him to do. Get him where he is paying attention to what you are going to tell him to do next, not "I'm bored with this let's do something stupid". LOL Now, I'm NOT into all the "gimmicks" from all of the different trainers. BUT, my neighbors got out of horses, gave me their left over tack. In it was a Monty Roberts training halter. Here's the link. Dually Halter Medium | Monty Roberts OMG I have used this on all of my foals, (once they are yearlings). The results are amazing. They STOP any yanking, etc. They learn to lunge beautifully. Do lots of little circles, don't expand your circle until he masters the little one several different sessions. Always end on a good note. Even if you work him for 5 minutes.

I have an appendix QH (1/2 TB/ 1/2 QTR) mare that I show HUS. She very much takes after the TB side, in every way. I've found that "hot" feed, such as Alfalfa really affects her temperament. Maybe look into what he's being fed?

Good luck with your boy. You can do it! (just be careful) :)
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Ok, here's my take on it. Start back at the beginning, and small, and short. Is there another facility that you can board him at? Maybe one with a proper roundpen? You need to get his respect. Being sweet doesn't mean they are respectful. ;) Don't pay attention to his size, YOU be "bigger than him". If you start him in a small circle, watch his body language, if it looks like he's going to "explode" get after him before he does it. Or change direction. Make him do something YOU want him to do. Get him where he is paying attention to what you are going to tell him to do next, not "I'm bored with this let's do something stupid". LOL Now, I'm NOT into all the "gimmicks" from all of the different trainers. BUT, my neighbors got out of horses, gave me their left over tack. In it was a Monty Roberts training halter. Here's the link. Dually Halter Medium | Monty Roberts OMG I have used this on all of my foals, (once they are yearlings). The results are amazing. They STOP any yanking, etc. They learn to lunge beautifully. Do lots of little circles, don't expand your circle until he masters the little one several different sessions. Always end on a good note. Even if you work him for 5 minutes.

I have an appendix QH (1/2 TB/ 1/2 QTR) mare that I show HUS. She very much takes after the TB side, in every way. I've found that "hot" feed, such as Alfalfa really affects her temperament. Maybe look into what he's being fed?

Good luck with your boy. You can do it! (just be careful) :)

I have the dually and it worked wonders with Hunter when I first got him. Just be sure to know how to use it properly.
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post #26 of 30 Old 12-14-2011, 03:05 PM
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Wow, did I misread this thread or what!!?? I thought the OP was saying her horse was needing to vent some energy, not having behavior/training issues.


I thought the OP was saying that her horse needed more room, not more training....
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Wow, did I misread this thread or what!!?? I thought the OP was saying her horse was needing to vent some energy, not having behavior/training issues.


I thought the OP was saying that her horse needed more room, not more training....

Although I do like this post as I feel some aspects are a bit off track, the OP original post labels some behavioural/training issues such as breaking bridles when lunged that I myself would want to address, it wasn't until later in the thread it was made clear of the OP's experience.. so shoot me, I made an assumption ;D

He does need space to let loose, all horses do, but then there is no harm giving trainer tips for a naughty ponio
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post #28 of 30 Old 12-14-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all the feedback from everyone! :)

I was just curious if anyone else has had experience with something like this - and if there were any neat little tricks (maybe a certain type of feed, something ... anything lol), that might help.

I knew moving to another barn would ultimately be the best option, but I figured that I'd ask before I get into making such a serious decision for my animals, as moving can be stressful .. not to mention costly for me!

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post #29 of 30 Old 12-14-2011, 08:29 PM
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Well I've heard clicker training can really get them focused on pleasing you rather than paying attention to other things.

Video 1 has 3 comprehensive videos about how it works on spooking. I'm sure it can work for your horse's lack of focus too :)
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post #30 of 30 Old 12-15-2011, 06:52 AM
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Randella, if you pm me your area in Ontario I may be able to point you in the right direction for indoor facility. There are several good ones. Country Lane Stables is no longer in business. Some of the stables listed on here were quite some distance apart geographically. I may know someone within your area if you pm me.
Best of luck with your horse.
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