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kchfuller 12-24-2008 11:57 PM

Calling all TB owners
So I wanted everyone to share things that they have done with their TB and found that it was very helpful. Like lets share tips with eachother.... I know that they won't work for everyone but maybe they will....

Lets see I will start, I have found that have a deep solid relationship helped me break through with my mare. For example.... i took her out to the arena last night, it was already getting dark ... but I wanted her to get out and run around ... well i am starting to jump her and i made and X and was running over it and she was following me over it. So cute! At first she was weary and didn't want to come but when she realized i was on the other side and that she wanted to be with me ... she jumped it. So moral of the story ... spend time with them, loving on them and develop trust!

LizAndCollin101 12-25-2008 04:25 AM

I totally agree. I own a thoroughbred (actually 3) and i find the more they trust you on the ground, the better they willl be in the saddle. Lots of leading on the ground (especially cantering) helps to slow them down in the saddle as well!

CJ82Sky 12-25-2008 07:09 PM

my horses are all different, but the bond you speak of definitely is there and helps tremendously. i've also found that my TBs (and really ANY horse) will benefit from tons of trot work, and that the more i work on the trot, the better our canter and jumping rounds are. it's tremendous the difference it makes and even though my high strung tb wants to go go go and canter and do work OF, when I sit deeper and MAKE him trot, and work through the intial go go go tension, he settles in rather nicely (we do jumpers so he likes speed and canter work over flat work) and the end results are far better than if we work OF. Flat work but specifically trot work does wonders.

Supermane 12-25-2008 07:24 PM

I have two TB, but one was never raced and breed to be a hunter so she isn't typical.
My gelding is very high strung, but I've found that dropping the reins completely when he acts up totally solves it. If he starts acting up, racing or bucking, I simply drop the reins and he immediately stops. Also giving him something to do constantly will make him slow down. We work on leg yielding, pushing him in and out (from inside track to outside and so on), counter bending and overbending keeps him listening and focused before jumping.

My mare is basically a QH... so basically with her all you have to do is not get in her way. She can preform perfectly without the rider. The main thing with her is to get her to move forward... she's more than happy to trot slower than a walk.

kchfuller 12-25-2008 10:18 PM

CJ the trot work is interesting .. i already do that but it's nice to know i am helping for more then building her stamina ect.

Supermane i totally agree, i have to keep my mare focused on something! She isn't hot at all but i get so much more out of her if i have a mission... lol

mojo7777 12-25-2008 10:50 PM

On the subject of what works for TBs, I thought I'd mention a little thing that turned out to be a big thing for us... TBs often have sensitive backs, are girthy, etc, and I discovered that Mojo will buck a bit and generally act up when his girth is too tight! At first I didn't make the connection, but then I figured it out. Hope this bit of info from our experience will help some TB lover out there!

TwendeHaraka 12-26-2008 10:21 AM

A lot of times when I'm done riding and he's been good, I'll pull the saddle and the bridle off and I'll go walking around with him or just turn him loose. Sometimes, we'll go trotting over a small jump together. :-)

Salty_alydaR 12-26-2008 11:02 AM

Well I own 1 tb and he's a big sweetheart! And when he was in training I found that he really responded to my voice. When I was teaching him to stand at the mounting block I told him "stand still Charmer" and he was still as a statue until I gave him the ok to walk forward.

blossom856 12-26-2008 11:41 AM

I found that the key to training my TB is to alays be very patient. Worked wonders with her. Especially when it came to her horrible ground manners. Whoever owned her before couldn't have been to nice to her.

Gillian 12-26-2008 12:04 PM

My TB's were just like Supermane's. With both Cobb and Mikey whenever they started acting up, or in Cobb's case, wouldn't come back to me after a jump I'd drop the reins, talk in a soothing voice and he'd come right down. Constantly giving them something to do helps too. When they get bored I think they're more prone to act up.

My OTTB Mikey was incredibly spooky. He often spooked at unmoving inatimate objects that he saw daily. It helped that I had a really strong bond with him, but to make him get over his fear of things he'd be allowed to check it out, touch it, sniff it, and than he was made to completley ignore it and concentrate on me instead. If he spooked at it again I just kept him going and took no notice of it. Because I didin;'t pay it any attention he learned that it was nothing to be afraid of.

If only for the day, ha ha.

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