Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I have worked with many an OTTB in my days, and I am still today.
What I highly recommend is starting basic Natural Horsemanship with him - if you have a round pen where you can do free work, that'd be a great opportunity for the two of you to establish a relationship while showing him that you are the Herd Leader.
That way, you can obtain a foundation where if situations like the one you had come up, your horse will be better equipped to handle it. You as well.
What I find with OTTB's is that when they get upset, you cannot get upset - you have to remain quiet and calm and not react to the situation in a manner where the horse will feed off of it, and esculates the scenario even worse that what it origionally was.
Right now I am working with a very large OTTB Gelding, he's disrespectful, playful and strong, too much for his owner to handle, so they handed me the reins "persay".
I'm doing ground work with him right now, so that I can establsih a relationship with him and show him that he needs to "respect" those around him when he is being handled.
He'll swing his hind legs out at you, and he'll attempt to bite at you and he forgets that you are there when he gets upset, and he can even drag you around if he chose to - but with daily, calm, quiet, dilligent work - he's coming along nicely.
Now his owner can walk him now without fear - which is good, but we still have a long way to go.
I suggest you pick up Clinton Anderson Vids - I really like his ethics and how he does basic ground work to establish respect and a relationship on the ground first, and then that will translate when you are in the saddle.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a fanatic NH person, not in the least, nor do I play the "games" that they play or buy all that crap that they sell. But what I do like, is the basics and the fundamentals of it to fill in those gaps from the ground into the saddle.
Feeding a TB - great fun.....lol.
First and most important is LOTS OF ROUGHAGE! That means, if you can, stuff his face infront of a round bale. Ensure that he gets free choice of hay - 24/7. Even if he is on pasture, they still need the nutrients that hay offers.
Feed - make sure it is a complete feed. I find that they do much better on complete feeds, and complete feeds wont make them hot. Look at Purina Senior, or Purina Strategy, or Buckeye's products.
Make sure that your TB's tummy is full, due to the higher stress levels of TB's, they are more prone to stomache issues - such as ulcers and digestive problems.
Look at products like SmartPak's products like SmartGut in pellets, and SmartDigest Ultra to help your boy's digestive tract - but make sure he has forrage in his stomache at all times.
Last edited by MIEventer; 06-27-2010 at 10:10 AM.