I'm Victoria and very new to this horsing world and forum! I have a fair few questions to ask as I'm sure you are all very knowledgeable horse men and women!
I have a Thoroughbred names Flynn (gelding 3 yrs), we bred him to race but his nature proved to be very calm and not the racing type so I was lucky enough to be given him to turn into a hack.
I used to ride at a riding school 3 years ago and prior for 8 years I assumed I was well schooled but riding hacks just don't seem to compare to the spirt, nature and potential ability of flynn.
When I first got him he was 1 week of the track I was encouraged to bareback ride him and did so very calmly around a paddock it took some time but about a month later I got a saddle on him. Surprisingly he loves being groomed and does not mind one bit being tacked up I was too nervous to ride him saddled in the paddock as the first time I did he bolted and I had a bad fall this has happened 3 times now and my nerves are cracking.
Because I live in the city and he is out on a property I get to work him about 3 times a week, and have just started lunging him also to try tire him a little before I ride.
If any one has any advice on how I can train a race horse to be a hack I'm all ears his temperament is beautiful, every-time I have fallen he stands beside me and waits till I get back on, he deserves the best training Im just not educated enough on horses to know what that training might be!