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post #1 of 7 Old 11-29-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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What is appropriate work for a 3 y/o ottb?

I'm leasing and possibly buying a 2 almost 3 y/o ottb. She acts more like a 10 year old qh though. She does w/t/c and I took her over a small crossrail today just to see what she would do.. she just trotted over it. I've just never worked with a horse so young and dont want to stress anything. Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-30-2010, 10:43 AM
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I would say that you have a good idea of what to do already! Don't push any big jumps I would say until... *winces trying to thinkof an estimate* ... 4 or so.Even at that age, move slowly and listen to her body to see what she can handle. Little ground poles would be fine. I would also get a local trainer involved. Even if you just arrange to talk about progress and whatnot with her. Honestly6, if it were my horse, I'd only ride 2 or 3 times a week, really light riding. Just get the basics down. :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-30-2010, 11:18 AM
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i agree dont work her to much but ride 2 or 3 times a week...sometimes its good to start trainning young and if ur pushing her to much she will let u know u will start to see signs u dont usually see so take it a day at a time..lunging is also a great way of training without putting starin on there back :)
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I've been doing light and short sessions.
I longe her for about 10 minutes just walk and trot. Then ride for about 20 again just walk and trot. I'm not concerned with cantering for now. She does canter, she needs to work on bending..so that's something we will tackle a little later. For now.. she hasn't been messed with for a good month and has no topline so it's trot trot trot to try and build her back up. I took to riding her and caring for her out of pity because she's so lonely. She needed a person. She's for sale for 300.. I MIGHT buy her.. I love her. However I already have one horse which is why for now I'm leasing her so I can trial run if I can afford two horses. I'm debating buying then reselling her in spring or just keeping her. She's wonderful. I'll try getting some pictures up..
Aweful quality...this is from last night.. forgive the hideous bridle. I only have this spare one..buying another one soon...

She's a fuzzy beast.. and she does crib but I think it's just boredom.. she never used to crib..

When she first came to the barn in mid August..she was really nice..then she was taken care of by someone who really shouldnt have had the responsibility...


I can't wait to get her back to where she should be...
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SHe looks a nice horse- do you know her breeding.

At the age she is now she can handle work- as a racehorse she would have been ridden 6 days a week.

I agree with other posters that 3 times a week is suitable, I would limit the jumping, I think grounbd poles and working on a balanced horse on the flat would be a higher priority at the moment
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SHe looks a nice horse- do you know her breeding.

At the age she is now she can handle work- as a racehorse she would have been ridden 6 days a week.

I agree with other posters that 3 times a week is suitable, I would limit the jumping, I think grounbd poles and working on a balanced horse on the flat would be a higher priority at the moment
I don't know her breeding..I can get the papers from the owner of the stable since I'm leasing/thinking about buying. I'm told her name is Suicidal Baybay..I'm not a fan. She's too sweet. She's tattooed and papered for sure..I'll look into getting the papers..
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Well things just got better. The stables owner just told me today that he's giving her to me
I guess thats his way of thanking me for paying board early and never starting crap. Theres been a lot of drama around lately.. He said he's just glad someone is playing with her and was talking her up of course. She's right now 15.3 so what maybe she will finish at 16,16.1?
He's waiting on her papers to come from Chicago(where she came from)
She was only 300 but I was planning to project her and turn around and sell her...I think I'll keep her now.. She has such a sweet attitude. Deffinetely NOT a typical ottb.
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