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post #1 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Off the track Thoroughbred's

Just wondering if you guys could give me a hand with my new girl. i ride her track, she has beautiful manners and she retired because she was to slow. first ride this weekend just wondering if the transition from stock saddle to english saddle is easy for them. also i want to change from a dutch gag to a snaffle. she tosses her head so she has rings on. also yes i know what im doing as my other horse is an OTTB
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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I'd give it a go. I really haven't found OTTBs to object to very much, especially the ones that already have good manners.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-10-2013, 01:36 AM
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If she is directly off track then she had a race saddle on not an english or stock. Race horses are taught to grab the bit and push into it, run hard. Putting a plain snaffle in her mouth and expecting her to do anything but grab it and run isn't going to work. You need to work with her to teach her about things like bending and flexion when working with the bit. If she is tossing her head perhaps she needs her teeth seen to, that is one of my first priorities when pulling a track horse. You may also want to think about a course of Gastrogaurd, pretty much every horse at the track has ulcers.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-10-2013, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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she has had a stock saddle as we are in country australia and ride aout bush to improve fitness. wasn't expecting her to not grab but was wondering about her bit transition. will get her teeth seen to. will talk to her owner about Gastroguard or ulcerguard.

what do you recomed for letdown time?
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-11-2013, 02:45 AM
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That depends on what kinds of drugs and supplements the horse was on. When I ship horses in from the USA I just Know they are loaded full of drugs. They are supposedly for "theraputic" reasons which makes them legal in the USA. The fact that they DO in fact enhance performance is seen as a happy but unavoidable side effect. Same story for the vitamin cocktails or PH solutions. Those horses I give at least 4 months, but the avarage seems to be 6 months to let down and then regain the weight they loose after coming off all the "theraputic" agents. My Mare Kaolin took allmost a year, I sent her to live with a freind who worked for Ian Miller. Even SHE had a hard time putting the weight back on that mare.

The drugs rules are a lot stricter in Canada so letting them down takes a matter of 6 weeks to 3 months. We seem to have less issues with horses with such thin soles as well. Sometimes the breeding makes a difference. Mr. Prospector horses, especially the Carson City line are such solid minded horses and have decent legs that they don't need much let down time before they can start work.

I have no idea what kinds of theraputic agents are du' rigor at Austrailian tracks or what your drug laws are so I have no idea what your letdown time is. The rule is however the more lax the drug laws the longer the letdown.

We had a Stud come in from South America, he took allmost 2 years. We had to keep putting him back on supplemets and small doses of steroids as he would not eat or keep weight without them. OMG was he a metabolic nightmare. He was Eso, born in 1971. Now deceased.
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