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    09-09-2009, 04:09 AM
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Im looking for some advice on what to do with a young tb!!! Okay heres a little bit about him... He is a 4 year old (as of april), 16.1 hh, Thoroughbred. He was trained for the track and deemed not fast enough he was trained to be a barrel horse ...which didnt work out ( I can see why) he couldnt turn on a dime if his life depended on it LOL!!! So after having these 2 careers he comes to me! And here is where I need the advice, when I ride him he NEEDS a loose rein or he throws his head up way in the air ... im talking higher then my head on top of him! But when ridden on a loose rein he chomps and pulls down on the bit almost pulling the reins out of my hands and plays with it constantly! I havent tried anything different with him as im not sure what to try... he is currently ridden in an O ring snaffle. He had his teeth floated in february. He is very soft and stops with light sponging on the reins.
Also while im here a few other issues to get advice on ... When we trot or canter down hill he almost touches his nose to the ground and gets going a lil fast and WILL NOT stop after wards

Another issue with him is when I ask him to pick up the canter he jumps into it sometimes taking off really fast!

Don't get me wrong he is an amazing horse im just not sure what to do! I think he is confused from his previous careers!

Im not sure how to help these issues but any advice would be much appreciated.
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    09-09-2009, 04:40 AM
i think you're right about him being confused, he's probably not sure about what you're asking him to do - after all, being trained as a racehorse then a barrel horse all before the age of 4 must be very frustrating for him

i think the best thing to do would be to turn him away for 6 months or a year. At the end of the day, being 4 years old he's still not mentally or physically mature
then after he's rested it would be a good idea to have some lessons on him, that way you're getting professional help from an instructor

sorry I couldn't be more help
    09-09-2009, 05:03 AM
Hi I am a qualified riding instructor. It is impossible to diagnose the problem without seeing it first hand, so I would suggest you get some proffesional help. I have some tack in mind I could suggest but without having seen you and the horse together it would be wrong of me to suggest anything.

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