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post #1 of 8 Old 04-08-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lazy Thoroughbred Jumper

I have what seems to be an oxymoron of a TB.
Trained in many disciplines we find he enjoys jumping among the highest task we ask him to complete and still we find him very lazy and unwilling to really move much without constantly asking him for more effort on his part.
This is a problem with obviously show settings and is quite the annoying issue with schooling because it frustrates and discourages the rider.
He was off for many months due to illness and before then was lazy but jumped elegantly with some interest, we're still battling his work ethic, or lack there of.
Anybody suffer a similar problem, and have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-10-2012, 07:49 PM
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Is his health good? Maybe he has some underlying problem and just not feeling that great. I've never heard of a TB that didn't want to jump or have a poor work ethic.

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I had a TB who was pokey / lazy / slow on the flat and over fences, there wasn't anything wrong with her, she was just lazy. I've met lots of TB's used at school strings or as show horses who were incredibly lazy, with no health problems. They're not all crazy hot heads.
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What exactly does he do... or not do?

I only ask because we have a lesson horse whom the kids think needs to be more active over fences, when really he has a great cadence, knows his job and the more advance riders are able to extend and collect him to make the lines. He does require light tune-ups by an advance rider on transitions to keep him sharp and responsive. He is a slow mo, and an OTTB, but well educated and maintained, so we don't have issues.

Or is he more just dead... like if you take your leg off he will stop?

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My barn mate had a 6 year old TB mare that was what, my trainer affectionately called, "NDT". No Detectable Talent. On a high octane diet she still wouldn't give much effort over fences and was literally unable to jump higher than 2'6" without hanging a hoof and pulling a rail. Some horses are just not that willing, athletic, or both!

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It would be interesting to know if there were any underlying problems that may cause this...
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Back in my lesson days I rode several OTTBs that were exactly like this, lazy, lazy, lazy. Required a rider to REALLY ride to get anything out of them. I would check for underlying health problems first or maybe a boredom/burned out issue, but it may just be his personality.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-18-2012, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes View Post
Back in my lesson days I rode several OTTBs that were exactly like this, lazy, lazy, lazy. Required a rider to REALLY ride to get anything out of them. I would check for underlying health problems first or maybe a boredom/burned out issue, but it may just be his personality.
This is very true, maybe try doing something else with him, and not always jumping. Try like maybe a trail ride if your confident enough, or just riding somewhere that is outside the ring where you usually ride. Just worth a try, worked with y thoroughbred! Let me know how it goes! :)
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