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post #1 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question Retraining off the track throughbred

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I recently obtained an OTTB. She is an anxious 3 yr filly. I put her in a paddock with one of my calmer horses and she has calmed down some. Any advise when or how to start her for pleasure riding?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 06:16 AM
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ground work. Lots and lots of ground work get her used to everything possible
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Thanks. I have "sacked her out" and she did well. I have walked/halted her without any reluctance. Not sure where to go from there.
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Of course from the ground!!!
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 07:08 AM
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Have you ridden her yet?
As I know some OTTBs can have a lot of fire in them when you first start out, I'm not really experianced with breaking in, just from reading everyones posts about them.
My TB was off the track but I got him after a few other people but he never got properly trained, so he had been off the track a few years before I got him.
But he was very much one sided and very unbalanced.
Have you tried lunging her?
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Talking

No I haven't tried yet. But I'm excited to start. My RI said to let her calm down a few weeks before I climb on.
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What I would do first is work on ground manners for respect. Then after she trusts and respects, I would tech her how to lunge. I think that ever horse should lean how to lunge by voice commands, then when you get on they have some clue what to do.

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post #8 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 04:03 PM
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When did she come off the track? The general consensus is to have them 'let down' for several months.

My boy had only been off the track a month when I got him, and he went to my trainer's right away for retraining. But then, he's as calm as an old been there, done that 25 y/o.
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that's a great idea. Most of my horses already knew how to lunge. I'm not sure how to start from the begining.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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My RI is willing to help me train her. She has retrained many horses off the track. I will depend on her experience.
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