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