Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
Slow down an OTTB
I've had a few Off Track Thoroughbreds now, and they've all been really different.
Velevt, my new one, is a real sweetie to me on the ground, dopey and affectionate. To ride, she is nice but:
-She is very forward
-She only stops when you put pressure on the reins. I can say whoa and relax in my seat all day long, and nothing.
-Her trot is very fast
-When I ask her to canter I either get a super fast trot or a gallop
-She doesn't always focus on me, she's often looking around nosing at the other horses or people on the hills.
What I have done so far to try and make it a little better:
-When I ride and ask her to stop or slow down, I ask with the reins but also with my seat and voice.
-Trying to collect her trot when ridden (keep doing half halts etc)
-I'm going to start doing serpentines and figure 8s in trot with her (not done that yet as only thought of it the other day. To get her mind focusing on where her feet are going and not how fast.
-Even her walk I'm doing half halts in as her walk it like a power walk.
-Yesterday I decided to lunge her. I've never been that keen on lungeing, but I thought it'd help with the voice cues, and it kinda stopped falling on deaf ears and she started listening a bit more, and I had an ear on me the majority of the time once we got going. I made the circle quite tight after a little while, and it made her walk and trot much slower and collected. It was way too wet to canter (I don't have an arena, just a round pen and paddocks) I didn't ride after, so I haven't seen if it's had an effect on her ridden work.
-I've done lateral flexion from the start, so if she does ever take off, I can one rein stop, among other reasons for LF.
So that's what I've done so far (I may have left some stuff out, so forgive me if I later go "ooh, I've also done this...") Any ideas/pointers. Please nothing too critical.