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post #1 of 3 Old 01-14-2009, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Racing to riding

So long story short, the farm I work at is selling one of their horses. Ive been working with this horse for some time and I fell in love with her. Shes very sensible and intelligent with just the right amount of spunk. Shes also a good height for me. She is being sold due to her lack of speed (not injury). She is a standardbred by the way.

I have broken race horses before. Several of my riding horses were OTSB's. I am particularliy fond of standardbreds.

Usually when I broke them my mother (who is an experienced trainer and horse women) has helped me out. This time its more up to me to do the work due to her lack of time and the amount of time she needs to work with her own horses.

I know the basics of breaking a horse. I was just curious is anyone out there has had experience with breaking racehorses. Any special tips or advice?

My first goal is to have her under saddle and able to perform turns and be comfortable while tacked up. Any tips to having the transition from harness to saddle to smoothly?

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-14-2009, 04:53 PM
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I would start her like she was a totally unbroke colt. Go back to the basics. The saddle will probably be easy, to a horse, one thing on its back is the same as another. I have had OTSBs too, and they make very nice riding horses. I'm sure this one will be, too. Good luck with her!

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-15-2009, 12:37 AM
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The saddling will be easy most likely, like timechaser said. The horse is use to all the extra stuff he has to wear. Just take it slow, start him out like a regular colt that has no riding training. Lots of walking and trotting in the beginning.

One big thing I tell people about standardbreds as I use to race them is to make sure when riding one that is green to riding, pulling on the bit constantly means to run faster to them and is not a sucessful way to get them to stop. If the horse takes off with you and you start pulling on the reins constantly then he will just run faster, instead give the cue to stop and if he continues to go, start circling and keep getting smaller in circles until it gets so small he has to stop. It does not take to long for them to get the point that a quick but firm tug on the reins means to stop not to run!

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