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post #11 of 14 Old 09-08-2009, 10:11 AM
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Generally speaking, only race horses are backed in the UK at 2yo. Most TB breeding lines have not yet muscled up enough to take the strain of a rider. That's partly why he is uncomfortable. He's still learning to carry and balance the weight of a rider.
You didn't mention your weight - are you a big or small girl?

Most ex race horses in the UK need re schooling after being discarded by the racers. In any case, they were only ever schooled by the trainers to run in a straight line. Of course, they were also ridden in a different shape of saddle by a light man merely perched up on top.

The saddle will be an issue too, the shape of the back will change rapidly over the next year and so should the shape of the saddle to match - make sure it fits properly.

Presumably you lunge the horse - that will help with the muscling.
Don't forget to work each side evenly.

Then if you are going to ride it out eventually start introducing obstacles
- things like bags, bins, signs you name it, anything which spooks.

But at this age, I'd be doing a lot of work in hand. I'd lead the horse down at his level - so he could see me and not just feel me up on his back.
Then when I did go out, I'd always go with a friend - who preferably had a nice calm older horse who knew the ropes.

British TBs can be skittish, and very sensitive. Don't forget there is a lot of inbreeding in horses bred to run fast.

You need a book - a 2yo horse, is barely out of being called a foal.

Take it easy and slowly

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He doesnt act at all like a thoroughbred. He is quieter than most 18 year old horses I know. Luckily kirby never made it to the track, I dont even think he was even started. The woman who saved him from going for meat, started him, He is already used to bags, tarps, signs, bridges, barrels, poles, etc...... Its gotten to the point he wants to play with them all, if a tarp is on the ground he loves walking on it and trying to dig it, lol. I do a little lunging, I usually lung without the line in a closed area so he is able to build muscle more evenly. I do lead him using long lines but I find he already knows it and it bores him. Im going to try riding him out of the arena next time I go out, maybe that will be a new experience, Im not worried at all because I lead him all over the property already even out onto the road to get him used to it. His old owner even walked him on trails to get him used to it. I wish I had trails to take him on but my stable doesnt have any.
I am taking it very slow Ive even taken steps back in his training from where his old owner was because I want to let him grow more. Im never on him more than about 15 minutes and I always mount from a height so I never put strain on his back. I havent bought a saddle for him yet because I know he is going to change over the next year or two so Ive been using one at my barn that fits him the best for now.
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-09-2009, 06:25 AM
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Kirby, pretty much it seems to me that you know what you are doing,

Enjoy him whilst he is still learning. Seems to me that your job is largely to make sure he has the confidence to face this big wide world.
All you have to do is remember he is still a young toddler.

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