Starting an off the track Standardbred under saddle...
If you have experience starting an off the track Standardbred under saddle I would love to hear how it went and what you did. I rescued a 17hh 7yr old mare yesterday that would have been heading to slaughter and I just couldn't let it happen. This will be the first horse that I have ever started under saddle and would love to hear other people's experiences with training an off the track Standie. I will be letting her get adjusted for the next two weeks and only working from the ground in that time frame. I would like to start her saddle training after she is adjusted. She has pretty great ground manners for a horse that has stud chain scars across her nose from her previous owner hurting her. Here is a video of her meeting my mini donkey yesterday. Lol you can tell she has never been on a hill before:)
I should state that I have a trainer that is guiding me with starting her but I want to hear other people's experiences.
We have a 13 year old off the track Standardbred mare here. She is fresh off the track. We took her on her first trail ride and she did decently for never being on one. She came with great ground manners and a jump start on training. BUT she is nervous and excitable.
I lucked out that this mare isn't very nervous or excitable unless it comes to small gates. Her previous owner would pop her hard with a stud chain multiple times before he would put her in a stall. I don't use a stud chain at all and let her walk into the gate herself and she is great. Grant it, I'm not keeping her in a stall and that may be why I'm not having any issues with her. She seems to be doing very well with a gentle hand.
Sorry what's a stud chain? I've never heard of one.
We restarted our own mare this winter, she's a ex-racing tb mare. We started by working on trust and basics like tacking up etc. I'm lucky, ours is a very chilled woman! Next thing I'd do is to get lunging to see what she knows, and re-affefirm what she does know. We then got on with someone holding her as a most racers are mounted on the go. Ours is just starting grid work now.
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A stud chain is a thick chain that they run across the nose and hook the lead to. When the horse pulls in applies more pressure that a halter would. It is definitely not meant to be used like what her old owner did to her. Poor girl has some icky scares from it. Thanks for your story highlander! What you are doing with you ottb is what I was planning on doing with her. Lol it just reaffirms me and gives me confidence that I'm headed in the right direction:)
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