Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Training my first OTTB
Hey guys, I'm going to be buying and retraining an ottb as a project before I go off to University. I have about 3 years of experience with green horses and 5 years with difficult ones, but I've never worked with an ottb or unbroke horse. The horse I just finished working with was a very green ottb when I got her, but still had some training under saddle(even if it wasn't quality). I will be going to the track with either my coach or her old coach, who both know racing inside and out as well as buying an ottb for eventing. My coach has been working with OTTBs for 10-15 years, and I am going to get her help as well as ask her to start him with training board for the first month, but I thought I'd ask your opinion if you have any tips or ideas.
My plan so far is to give it about two weeks rest before I do any work with him, make sure he has good manners on the ground and in the crossties, then do twoish weeks of lunging and groundwork, then probably a month of training board before I start riding him full time(this part depends on the horse of course). What do you all think?
Note- Most people at my barn have worked with tbs and ottbs and as I said, my coach has had them for years so I will have help and will listen to them for whatever they say