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    10-24-2012, 02:42 PM
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Question What would you do if your horse still thinks he's in his racing days?

What would you do if you boaught a Standard bred that was broke to ride but he still races? Like I mean I don't have this problem, but I'm sure someone else would have it, I just don't understand how you would train it to be a nice quiet horse. Please, What would you do?

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    10-24-2012, 04:26 PM
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Green Broke
Lots of work at the walk, in a fenced area & doing bends, transitions,halts,turn, etc. NO Speed Work!
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    10-24-2012, 04:30 PM
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Foal
Exactly what the PP said. Lots of slow, repetitive work. It's called retraining.
     
    10-24-2012, 06:04 PM
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Green Broke
Transitions while insisting upon no discussion about them from the horse. I also like leaving some horses tied to wait while I work another. And standing. Just standing for no apparent reason. Much easier on me now that we have cell and smart phones!

If I were a horse, my owner would be on forums a lot asking what to do about fidgety-ness!
     
    10-24-2012, 06:16 PM
  #5
Yearling
I don't have a Standy, but I do have a 4yo ex-racer Thoroughbred gelding. Pretty much what you do (or at least what we're doing) is act like they've never been trained before. Start from scratch. My OTTB was in a field at the rescue for a year before I adopted him. I've had him for almost a year now, and he's only recently started to be ridden for his retraining. We started off with leading him around, hanging out with him so he got to know us and everything in his new home. Then we lunged him, and finally put a saddle on him for the first time in two years. He's an absolute sweetheart (as long as you work him in the afternoon after he's been outside). Quiet and cool as a cucumber, a dream of a Thoroughbred.
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    10-24-2012, 06:37 PM
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Wow thank you guys sooo much! Now have any of you actually raced Standard breds or thoroughbreds?
     
    10-24-2012, 06:43 PM
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Yearling
I haven't raced, though I could be a jockey if I wanted to...
     
    10-24-2012, 08:02 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Only as part of training and a few exhibition races. Never licensed in either.
     
    10-24-2012, 09:41 PM
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Trained
Briefly had this problem with my then 5 year old OTTB. Once we started cantering in open fields, he thought "game on". Stopped cantering and worked on nothing but relaxation. Rode him everywhere at the walk. Once he was relaxed at walk, we moved onto trotting which was not an issue. We added cantering with the aid of another horse. My horse will do whatever a mare tells him to do, so we put a mare in front. We would start cantering. When he started to get strong, I would ask for him to soften. If he blew me off and got stronger, the mare in front would throw a block and we would stop, regroup, and start again. Luckily I have a very quick learner. This only went on for a few rides before he started to soften when I asked and no longer need the mare's help. Once I knew he was listening to me, I worked a lot on transitioning within the canter gait. I would go out into the fields, ask for canter, then high canter, then hand gallop, and then work my way back down to normal canter. Worked very well, and I ended up with a very adjustable horse on cross country as a result. He feels me sit taller and comes back to me without question.
     
    10-25-2012, 08:11 AM
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Hi,
I have standardbreds some at the track and some in the backyard. I am wondering what you mean by racing. Was your horse a trotter or a pacer? If you mean when he acts like he is racing that he starts to pace there are things you can do for that. Some former pacers (when both legs on the same side move at the same time) will pace when they are worried or excited. What kind of work/riding are you looking to do with your horse?
There are a number of resources such as this one: All About Standardbreds: Teaching your Standardbred to Trot (and not pace)

I agree to an extent about restarting them from the ground. You have to remember that in general, most standardbreds have more ground manners and training than most thoroughbreds. If a Standardbred is going to race in the 7th race it will be harnessed and warm up before the 5th race. It will then spend the time between the two races standing in harness. I would focus more on bending and lateral work. What bit do you have your standardbred in? I have heard from a few people who find that their standardbreds ride better in a three piece bit (like a french link). They are raced in a snaffle so that can put them in a different mind set.

How old is your horse? Where was your horse before you got them ie off the track or from a field? The age and how long your horse spends at the track will impact how long it takes for them to understand that they don't need to race. They tend to be very willing horses once they have a little trust in you.
     

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