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post #1 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Smile The re-training of ex race horses...

I'm completely weak at the knees for thoroughbreds. I'd love to get an ex racers and break them in to traditional. Anyone care to share their experiences?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 10:56 AM
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My very first horse was a 17hh chestnut mare that my aunt bought from a horse trader. She was thin, malnourished, and seemed like such a sweet heart. The vet came out, vaccinated her, did blood work, we wormed her, had the farrier out, etc. We got her all UTD on the TLC she needed. Once she started to put on weight and "feel her oats"- she seemed to go "sour" . She would rear, buck, you name it. We ended up just using her as a broodmare for 1 last time. She retired and passed away as a pasture ornament.

My advice is, dont be fooled by how they are acting when you first meet them! Somewhere in there is a beast who knows how to move! I've always been told that they have no sense of direction. They know how to run forward and that is all. Re-training may be complicated.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 11:14 AM
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Buy it. Think about it. Even if I knew enough about horse training to try it, I suspect my set-up and my riding needs wouldn't be a good match. However, many have had success, and I admire what they have done.

There are two horses in my backyard right now. Neither one behaved ANYTHING when we met like they do now. A few months after buying Mia, I was certain I had made a huge mistake. Two years later, I'd shoot anyone who tried to take her. But there have been rough times in between, and I've had to adjust my goals to match what we can do.
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I got lucky. I bought a 4 year old who had been off the track for a few months after a 3 year racing career. He had a good mind from day one. I did have to quickly become a master of the one rein stop and read everything I could find to stay a step ahead of him training related, but 4 years into our partnership, we're doing great. He does have the occasional TB moment, but they are few and far between. I wouldn't trade him for any horse.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-06-2011, 06:34 PM
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I have worked with other peoples OTTB's and have my own currently and it all depends on the horse and who had them on the track. I've worked with horses who barely raced and they were a little wacky and others who could have cared less about just about everything. Mine raced until he was 6, gelded shortly after, once all the steroids and hormones were out he has been awesome and quiet. The book suggested above is great it really helps. Keep in mind if you get one directly off the track they are going to have a lot of steroids running through them, some are still legal, so give them time to get out of their system.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-07-2011, 05:13 PM
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My horse is a four year old ex pacer. Apart from the odd time when she switches into race horse mode and trots like she is racing an imaginery horse, she is the loveliest wee filly. Because she is quite intelligent, I do have to keep one step ahead of her though!!
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