Even though she has been off the track for 3 years she might as well have been off the track for 3 minutes. The only area where she unlike an ottb is that she can pick up a lovely canter on either lead. She has no idea about any form of yielding or laterals. She doesnt understand that you can trot in a straight line. Everything is done with her head to the outside and she kinda ends up going sideways around the ring.
So I don't have to explain it in huge detail, she is a typical ottb with typical ottb problems other than the fact that she doesnt seem to be one sided like many tbs. Yet! I guess I havent got her flexing yet so maybe she wont flex so well on one side. Who knows. I guess that remains to be seen.
Its been quite some time since ve had an ottb so I want to make sure im doing the best thing by her and me with regards to training.
So this is my plan. First and foremost I need to get her off of her hot feed which should help get the sillies out of her. To a point
For the first couple of weeks I want to do mainly groundwork. I don't want to rush anything with her. What is the best way from the ground to teach her yielding? Yielding that I can use in the saddle not just from the ground.
I will put her under saddle a few times over that period and I guess the main thing I will want to be working on is getting her to trot a straight line lol but how do I do that when she doesnt understand yielding?? I can't get a straight line out of her without some kind of yielding.
I guess the biggest thing right now is getting her past that point where she is actually properly broken in. Past that point where she is strutting her stuff in the warm up ring before going into the barriers :) I know the change in feed will help but she so obviously needs training as well. Even though she has been off the track for a few years now I would really like to treat her as if she was fresh off the track.
Thanks in advance everyone :)