Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Alright, so I have an 11 year old OTTB gelding. He was raced for almost ten years and did extremely well, but surprisingly I've had no real problems re-training him. He has a very collected trot and he walks at a normal horse pace, but he isn't really ready to branch out in to our barn arena (which is rodeo sized so its quite large) but he is completely round pen sour. I can only lunge him a few circles at a time before he starts to get confused and turn his butt to me, throw his chest at the rails and stop at a few choice spots along the rail. I've had other, more experience people try at lunging him, and he seems to do the same thing. As for riding, forget about it. As long as he's in the round pen, he runs straight to the gate and tries to nudge it open. If he can't get out, he throws fits, spins around, and doesn't listen to me at all. I don't ride him with a bit, I use a hackamore, and from the ground on draw reins he listens well to it. Any help?