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post #1 of 6 Old 11-12-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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what to expect from a otttb

2 years ago, I got Sweetie my otttb and retired broodmare. I am going to get more serious about her training. I plan on training her to be atleast able to ride, then sell her. Then I will get myself a trail horse. I have a round pen, and trained her the cues. I cannot ride her. If I train her to get used to the bit and saddle and basic manners for many months, will she by any chance freak out when I mount on her? Because she was ridden, but that was 10 years ago. I was looking at some training on otttb on YouTube, and the guy rode the horse. He did not say anything about how recent a horse has been ridden or anything. He just showed how-to educate it to respond to cues to become . Also could you give me info or videos on training a retired racehorse?
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How many years has she been off the track? If it's been more than a year, she's no longer considered 'off the track' and should be treated like any other horse whose training has been neglected.

There's nothing special about TBs that make them harder to train than any other breed. Besides, you already have a horse; why not train her for trail? My TB goes out on the trails just fine.
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My OTTB was off the track maybe a year and some months before I adopted him last December. He's under saddle now and he NEVER freaked when led, lunged, saddled, or ridden.
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Exactly, Reno. My JJ had been off the track 2 months when I brought him home. He's the most laid back horse I've ever owned, and the only time he's ever bucked was with a young rider who was hauling on his mouth. He doesn't like heavy hands.

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I think it's just important to remember that every horse is an individual, and in many cases, stereotypes do not apply.

Indie, my TB, raced for seven years of her ten year life and she is as quiet as can be. Just today, she had a pig running underneath her and she just stood there. She also behaved like a champ for getting her leg wrapped up.

I'd just take everything in stride and just treat her like any other horse. Good luck!

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I agree with other posters, there is a stigma that OTTB's are hard to train or crazy and hotheaded. That has not been my experience. There are certainly exceptions, but every horse is an individual, and if you take things slowly, there's no reason an OTTB can't be retrained to do anything you want (barring injuries and the like). Obviously, some horses show more talent for some activities than others.
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