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post #1 of 15 Old 03-19-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I have recently purchased an OTTB gelding. He is very sweet and usually has a great attitude and very calm/quiet. However today he crow-hopped when I asked him to canter. I corrected him a couple of times and he did okay going to the right. When we changed directions he did it again. I corrected him and he repeated the crow-hop and then got going too fast. Not a dead run more of a hand gallop. I had too loose of contact and did not have a good hold on him. I lost control for a brief moment. I did not fall off. Thank goodness!

The episode was humbling to me. I got a little shaken. However I did not let anyone see my tears. I am riding with my trainer in the am. I have never had this happen in my life. I have always shown quarter horses and have been lucky I never was thrown or anything like it.

I have not had a horse in 12 years and was getting confident with working this horse. I realize with horses it is not a matter of if, but when this sort of thing will happen. I guess i am just a little shaken up by it. Has anyone else felt this way?
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-19-2012, 09:34 PM
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How long has he been off the track? Are you sure your saddle fits, its not pinching any where?

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How long has he been off the track? Are you sure your saddle fits, its not pinching any where?
He has been off the track since 2010. I am pretty sure my saddle fits him. I am going to ride with my trainer in the am. i plan to have her check it with me. Thanks!
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I think its safe you say the stuff happens. Its a matter of you being scared to death for the rest of your life or having the courage to saddle up. Every rider has gone through this. Horses have there days...
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When I had an OTTB, I spent some time at the training track just watching how they were trained.....it helped me to better understand what my horse had as a foundation. As I recall (it has been some years) they always trot to the right and canter left on the track. All races are run to the left also. So, you will be dealing with very different issues going both ways, and it can take some time to get them balanced.

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Dont worry about it too much.
Just if it happens again, dont rein him up. Racehorses are trained to go faster with a tight hold!

Hopefully soon you can train it out of him and soon have no worries.
Everybody has these days, take it as a learning expereince.
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I would talk to your trainer about learning the one rein stop. It would help, if this were ever to happen again.

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When I had an OTTB, I spent some time at the training track just watching how they were trained.....it helped me to better understand what my horse had as a foundation. As I recall (it has been some years) they always trot to the right and canter left on the track. All races are run to the left also. So, you will be dealing with very different issues going both ways, and it can take some time to get them balanced.
Thank you so much for your insight. That makes complete sense! I rode with my trainer today and it went very well. I cantered to the left without incident. He was faster to the left. He also not balanced well to the left. I am sure he felt my anxiety and reacted to it. We are going to work closely with my trainer on overcoming this. thanks again for your advice;0)
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Dont worry about it too much.
Just if it happens again, dont rein him up. Racehorses are trained to go faster with a tight hold!

Hopefully soon you can train it out of him and soon have no worries.
Everybody has these days, take it as a learning expereince.
Thanks so much. I rode with my trainer today and it went well. He canters faster to the left. I think he felt my anxiety and ran with it! Ha! Ha! I will not give up. This horse is amazing and willing to do whatever I ask (most of the time). My trainer and I are working together with him to overcome this unbalanced situation. Thanks again!
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He was probably a little fresh, if one feels good and wants to take a jump it is usually in an upwards transition(especially from a trot to a lope) and when you switch directions. Sounds like he did both...he was just probably feeling a little froggy :)

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