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post #21 of 48 Old 02-04-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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post #22 of 48 Old 02-11-2011, 08:18 PM
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OTTB are great - some are pretty hot, but I have two and they are both awesome. Our training is going really well - I'm pretty sure you can do it. They're not all bad. :)
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I've had my ottb for a month and a half and I have only had about a dozen or so rides on him and I was riding him today bareback with just a halter :). I wouldn't reccomed this to anyone unless they were sure their horse would be okay with it, but I just wanted to give you an example of how much they are NOT crazy :). I have two and they are the best horses I've got. I have only ridden my newest bareback and he is great! I am by far not an advanced rider either, I have only haken about 6 months worth of lessons in my lifetime and haven't taken them since summer. Now, Paradise was crazy for about the first week and a half, but that was because he had been on drugs problably. Now, he just stands there resting his head on my shoulder. I hope that if you get one, you have as good of an experience as I did :)
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Thanks everyone! This is getting me pumped up!
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Hey! We're in the same boat! I'm on the look out for an OTTB :)

If you think about it, race horses DO listen to their rider. They have to wait to be told when to go all out.. They don't just run full speed for a mile :p And at the end of the race, the jockey slows them down. They've most likely been clipped, bathed, and shod before.

I've been doing a lot of research and I am very surprised about how much you can expect from them, generally of course. I'm sure when I get mine (assuming its 3+ months off the track) I'm going to do a lot of lunging so I can establish vocal commands before I get on, just in case ;). I read somewhere that you should be able to get a walk/trot/canter without any major episodes on the first ride if the horse is sane, but I don't know if I am going to ask for a canter (maybe not even a trot) on the first ride. After all, they're not even used to having legs on them. :/ I'm no expert though!

Just keep on researching! :)

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I found this article. I really like it :)

Training Off-the-Track-Thoroughbreds First Ride

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I'm sure when I get mine (assuming its 3+ months off the track) I'm going to do a lot of lunging so I can establish vocal commands before I get on, just in case ;). I read somewhere that you should be able to get a walk/trot/canter without any major episodes on the first ride if the horse is sane, but I don't know if I am going to ask for a canter (maybe not even a trot) on the first ride. After all, they're not even used to having legs on them. :/ I'm no expert though!
Just be careful when lungeing, remember that the only small circles they are used to is the hot walker and that is at a walk. So while lunging first is a good idea, be careful not to overdo it, especially at a canter. Also, the exercise riders don't ride with the same stirrup length as jockeys, depending upon the rider and the speed, the stirrups are usually at a normal length. They don't use leg aids as often but mine responded really well to my leg aids.

Bitsandbytesfarm.com was and still is a great resource for me, especially the "Reign Day's Training Diary" page. :)

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Well that is interesting! I didn't know they let down stirrups all that much. I have found that horses sort of naturally respond to leg pressure, or at least the ones I have worked with, so I would expect some movement off the leg from ottbs generally.

Do you think it is reasonable to expect to trot and canter (most) ottbs the first ride? I have gotten mixed information on this. I'm sure it depends on the horse, but what is your experience?

I will be careful with lunging. I ordinarily don't lunge long anyway, I just mainly use it as a way to establish some vocal commands and work on transitions.

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The first time I rode my horse I had him in a round pen just to see how he would behave. After riding around in there a bit, I had my dad put him on a lunge line while I was riding him and I did trot a bit then. I think it really just depends on the horse and how comfortable you feel. My horse was okay trotting but he had not been exercised or ridden in a little over a month so he was feeling pretty fresh and needed to work on listening to me before we really moved on to a trot or canter. So, for the first few rides I was just in the round pen with him working on walk-halt transitions and getting him listening to me. But now, all I have to do is sit back and squeeze the reins a bit and he slows/stops :). I didn't canter till like a week ago but that was because of me, not him. Just do whatever you are comfortable with, if you're horse is doing well, then by all means trot/canter him. At the track they are worked at all gaits and walk calmly beside other horses. Many people don't realize that, but they aren't running everytime they are worked, half the time it is just a walk/trot workout.

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post #30 of 48 Old 02-13-2011, 08:53 PM
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depending upon the rider and the speed, the stirrups are usually at a normal length.
Interesting..... In my time as an exercise rider, over a number of years, I was never allowed to ride with stirrups at a normal length. Ever. Nor did any of the other exercise riders. Track work is just that - track work. Not flat work. Besides, you ever try riding normally in a racing pad? Doesn't work, they aren't designed for it at all. In fact, the stirrups on a racing pad wont even go down long enough to get a 'normal length' they are considerably shorter.

Even if only trotting or breezing, short stirrups and for the most part, off the horses back.

After all, you get decent money to exercise and they aren't paying you to ride traditionally.

But perhaps things are different in your area.

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