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post #31 of 35 Old 07-05-2010, 07:05 PM
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It may be that he's still uncomfortable going into canter, stay off his back a little longer I think if he's pinning his ears. He's probably still feeling a bit unbalanced into the transition. Try picking up canter on a 20 m circle rather than going down the long side for a little while and see if that helps.
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post #32 of 35 Old 07-05-2010, 07:16 PM
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Sousa can beat that!! He ran 64 times and won ONCE! I think he finished 2nd and 3rd 7 times each. Also lazy, but that makes him just right for me! We had our best work ever today and cantered for the first time since going back to walk/trot work only. Just once around each way, he was a star! Calm, cool, and collected. I recently bought a "wither relief" extra pad to go under his saddle, and it may be a coincidence, but he's been better since getting it. He's also had 2 chiropractic sessions which may also have helped. I love having such a good day with him!
Haha I actually went on equibase.com and just got a subscription to watch a 100 past races for a month...so needless to say I can watch Hero's races for 13 dollars haha watching the ones he won alone was worth 13 dollars!! A lot of the races I watched were exciting I sometime caught myself yelling go Hero go!!! even know it shows the results and i know if he won or didnt :) but Hero got 6 first 3 seconds and 4 thirds..he got alot of 4th and 5th..and I was surprise to see he didnt get too many dead last...Thats great you had a good day with your horse :) Cantering thats great..When I first got Hero in november I cantered him a week after I got him actually in the giant outdoor arena..he did well but very fast..I just wanted to see how he feeled but then Hero was off for 5 months b/c of problems with his hooves..gah and now just got back into training after I got out of school...So i have not canter him since then..I just really want to get him steady at a trot still..Ive started to lunge him at a canter...his response is also a big thing im working on with Hero..the other day I was riding him and he was not responding to my leg at all and i have strong legs..after a while of trying to get him to go i finally got a crop..I just kinda of rubbed it on his hip to show him it was there and he was a completely a different horse..not fast but more of an up beat trot and consent..like during circles and direction changes :) sorry i love to talk to ppl that have OTTBs and share my experience :)

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I just looked at all of Hero's photos! He is a beautiful boy. Sousa is the same age as Hero. He is a Florida bred, but mostly raced in Texas. I got him from the Delaware Park racetrack. His last race was at Laurel racetrack this year, he finished dead last.

I also got an equibase subscription around the time I adopted him I couldn't stop watching his races! It was really fun, and I also found myself cheering for him.
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Kayty, Hugo is gorgeous! I also looked at some other photos you had up in an album, and I noted that there is a photo of Tatiana....her head in the photo is nearly like my boy Sousa's head....Sousa's is a couple inches lower even.

At least he's not giving me the sense he is going to trip over his nose anymore! My trainer has me just move him forward with more leg and he lifts it to a more normal place.

Oh, we live in an area with a lot of wild dear. My OTTB is AFRAID of deer! He, and the others in the barn, run around like wild. Its so funny, they are so harmless. Does anyone have a horse that ISNT afraid of deer? Any advice on how to deal with him when he sees one?
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I just looked at all of Hero's photos! He is a beautiful boy. Sousa is the same age as Hero. He is a Florida bred, but mostly raced in Texas. I got him from the Delaware Park racetrack. His last race was at Laurel racetrack this year, he finished dead last.

I also got an equibase subscription around the time I adopted him I couldn't stop watching his races! It was really fun, and I also found myself cheering for him.
haha I know I love watching them :) there awesome...I got Hero a week after his last race..I was expecting a firey horse...which at first when he was brought out of the paddock to get loaded onto the the trailer he bolted on the handler..haha I thought I got a high energry horse but when he was at his new home he was really calm :) I had a choice to pick two horses..there was a little black mare that was so nervous and pacing and then there was my Hero...im a very nervous, tense rider..I at first didnt even want an ex racehorse..plus I got caught up on the label of thoroughbreds being crazy..so even when I looked at horses for sale online I always stayed away from the thoroughbred ads..I expected to get a laid back horse but instead got a foward thoroughbred....I got over this eventually when I went to my new barn and saw the 5 ex racehorses that were already there and trained and they were mostly calm and I rode a few and im just like wow not all thoroughbreds are like there label..so as the story goes on my trainer told us about this program she did with ex racehorses and a few months later I got an email fro my trainer saying there were two horses..and I only got a picture of Hero and thought that was my horse... after 4 sleepless nights..and me not seeing Hero we hooked up the trailer to bring him home..my trainer said if i didnt take him she proably would..so that told me something..that she thought he was specail..but he was the one i got..and ive never looked back..haha another long off topic post..i just love re living the memories :)

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