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blossom856 04-21-2008 09:49 PM

ottb: your experiences
 
Does anyone here have any experience riding an ottb? I've been asked to ride one. I've ridden her a couple times and I really like her. Of course she has those typical ex racehorse issues. She's spooky and flighty. But once you get her calmed down she'll give you a pretty decent ride. But if she spooks she'll get revved up again. She also won't pick up the right lead at the canter. I assume that's a typical ottb problem when they're being re schooled. But her left lead is beautiful and oh so silky smooth. I'm absolutely in love with it. *sigh*

She tosses her head a lot, particularly when I ask her to slow down or stop. I don't want to have to resort to a tie down if I don't have to. So what can I do to deal with this?

I used to have trouble getting her to go over poles. But I got her to walk over them for the first time today. Yay! Haven't tried a trot yet.

She does get awfully sweaty when I ride her though. I rode her for maybe 15 or 20 minutes today and her neck and back were soaked. I think it's probably her just being antsy and wanting to go, go, go. Should I ride her until she's calm and tired? Or should I stop when she gets super sweaty?

I'm absolutely in love with her. If I can fix these issues she'll be a dream to ride. If only I could afford to buy her and take care of her.

saraequestrian 04-21-2008 10:40 PM

I've owned an OTTB for about 9 months now.
You are going to need a lot of patience. Be independent, make them go your speed, not the other way around.

Our right lead is still a problem for us. We can get it, it's just awfully off balanced.


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