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post #1 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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New to training

Hi

I've recently been given a six year old exrace horse, and would like to train him for jumping/ and or eventing. He is easy enough to handle and i have started lunging him and started out with trotting poles, (not entierly sure if they are the right distance apart or not) but I have no idea where to go from there? Just seeking some advice on where to start???

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 08:21 AM
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I would suggest, since you don't even know the proper distance for cavalettis-you get a trainer to help you.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 08:36 AM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum.

Your horse needs to be very well trained on the flat before you can even think about cavaletti or low jumps. At this point you don't know what you don't know. You cannot skip steps or you will leave HUGE HOLES in his training and will not know it until you have a wreck or completely spoil him.

You need a knowledgeable mentor, an instructor or a trainer to work with you and your new horse. Try to find someone that has re-schooled OTTBs successfully.
Good Luck with him.
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the Horse Forum.

Your horse needs to be very well trained on the flat before you can even think about cavaletti or low jumps. At this point you don't know what you don't know. You cannot skip steps or you will leave HUGE HOLES in his training and will not know it until you have a wreck or completely spoil him.

You need a knowledgeable mentor, an instructor or a trainer to work with you and your new horse. Try to find someone that has re-schooled OTTBs successfully.
Good Luck with him.
Cherie
Ok thanks I havent done anything major just yet only started trying him with them last weekend (just walked him over a few). And I shall seek further advice/ instructions from a proper trainer before going any further thanks again for your advice. :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 09:42 AM
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I too would suggest getting a trainer, but it wont hurt anything for you to do some ground work in the meantime. Start with leading and make sure he does it really well (stops when you stop, backs up when you back towards him), get him yielding every part of his body. There are some great threads on here about ground work, you just have to weed through to find them.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-27-2013, 09:01 PM
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Google is your friend :) Lots of great articles online about re training off tracks, and lots of different approaches to consider. A trainer most definitely is needed, but you can always read up too.
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