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post #1 of 36 Old 10-02-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Retraining ottb

I just recently purchased my first OTTB to retrain by myself. This is not my first time training and a horse and I have experience with TB and Arabains. I thought it would be interesting to start a thread so OTTB owners could share their stories and tips.

My mare is a 4 year old named Hiway Threetwenty she is about 16.0 hands. My plan is to retrain her for eventing as I would like to do upper levels (Prelim-Intermediate) What are others doing with their OTTB.
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post #2 of 36 Old 10-02-2009, 02:43 PM
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I have an OTTB ... Miss Action (Maddy). She is 6 but I got her when she was 4. I have had her 2 years in one week

When I got her I re started her from the ground. Gave her time to just be and hang out- building a relationship with her. I started by teaching her to lounge and then added in riding. She was quite a spirited horse at the beginning. She never took off or did anything bad with me but just had the energy to go ... I just rode her through it and learned so much about her. She settled in GREAT and is such a joy to ride.

I am doing mostly hunters with her and will start teaching her to jump soon (if I can squeeze it in before the weather gets bad)... and I am going to take some dressage lessons to have something else to work with her on. She knows her job and that when she is done she gets treats. She lives to be spoiled.

My husband isn't horsey at all and Maddy has let him learn how to do all kinds of things on her ie blanketing, grooming, leading, bathing, hand walking, picking out her feet and most of all spoiling her.

I think that they know you have given them another job after the track and are grateful for it. This mare will follow me anywhere and just loves me unconditionally. She is so much fun to ride (most of the time) and I can't wait to get her jumping!

I attached some pics for fun ... The second pic is of her trying to escape- she is great at getting doors open ... and you can see how much she loves to preform with her tongue sticking out
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post #3 of 36 Old 10-03-2009, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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What a cutie? This is Sky (Hiway Threetwenty) she raced on Sept. 1st and then I brought her home on the 5th. She adjusted really well and she is actually really laid back for being young and off the track. She adjusted to turnout and her new life style quite nicely. I have her lunging both directions at walk trot and I have ridden her a couple times. She really loves people and will do anything for a carrot. Here of some pictures the first of when we first brought her home and the second of her first week in turnout. [/URL][/IMG]
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um I don't see any pics... :)

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I realize that I used my webshots url but it didn't apparently. I will try again here. I rode Sky again today and she keeps getting better and better. We are still only walking circles and whoas but she stands really well for me to get on and off of her and just really enjoys pleasing people. No wonder I call her sweet pea too.
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Here are her pictures


Here she is when we brought her home.


Here she is about a week and half ago turnout
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Wow, she looks like the twin of the OTTB I ride.
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How long have you had your OTTB? I have fallen head over heels for my girl. She has adjusted to farm life and today I trotted her undersaddle for the first time today. She has taken to becoming a riding horse like a charm. What I amazed by is her calmness, she hasn't done anything crazy or hot. She free jumps with enthusiam and does it beautiful. I am super excited to see her progress.

I would love to see pictures of your girl
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How long have you had your OTTB? I have fallen head over heels for my girl. She has adjusted to farm life and today I trotted her undersaddle for the first time today. She has taken to becoming a riding horse like a charm. What I amazed by is her calmness, she hasn't done anything crazy or hot. She free jumps with enthusiam and does it beautiful. I am super excited to see her progress.

I would love to see pictures of your girl
I only lease him, unfortunately. And I haven't gotten much for pictures of him. I'm hoping to take some tomorrow, and I'll post those.

He's about as far from calm as they come, though. X)
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post #10 of 36 Old 10-05-2009, 12:03 AM
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hiway she is VERY cute! With some more weight she will be stunning!

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