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post #1 of 16 Old 06-01-2013, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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The OTTB, Malakai

Figured I would put up some new pictures of Malakai since I finally got some

He is doing so amazing. Have only put 7 rides on him so far and have made tons of progress. Taking him to a gaming show on Sunday just to give him the exposure to it.

Here he is from our first ride (4 days off the track):




And from our 7th ride (3 weeks off the track):



^^Yes that is my dog right behind his legs. She will weave in between his back legs when he is trotting, it doesn't phase him at all.





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post #2 of 16 Old 06-01-2013, 01:12 PM
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He's very very cute.

... 4 days off the track though? Does your area not do the let-down thing?
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-01-2013, 05:21 PM
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He looks very nice. Looks like he has a good mind. Very calm being ridden fresh off the track. Mine was the same way. We thought for months he was drugged, but he was just a cool cucumber.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-01-2013, 05:25 PM
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He's very very cute.

... 4 days off the track though? Does your area not do the let-down thing?
I was thinking the exact same thing.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-02-2013, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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JDI and Drafty - My area definitely is known for doing the let down thing. The way someone trains is merely a personal decision. The trainer I am working under specializes in OTTB's. She usually trains and resells them though, I am training Kai for myself. She is usually on them the first day they arrive at her place. Waiting 4 days was a long time for her, but I just wasn't ready that first day.

Her theory is that riding them right away gives them a new mindset, a new job to focus on. Instead of letting them settle in and figure things out on their own, she makes sure that they are more reliant on her to show them things and help them fit in. She has done this project (helping a boarder retrain an OTTB) with four other boarders before me and every single one has failed. They all waited a month or more before getting on their horse and all of their horses turned out to be too hard for them to handle. Kai has been a complete dream. I feel that it is at least partially because I showed him from day one that I was his new leader and what I said goes.

I am never harsh with him. Never punishing, merely guiding. He doesn't get punished roughly, I just let him know he is doing something wrong and work with him until we get it right. Training him has been great. He is so quiet and calm. Working with him is easier than working with my 24 year old OTTB, who will throw you given the chance.

I guess to each their own. So far what we are doing is working great. My trainer must be doing something right lol. She has her OTTB's beginner safe within a matter of weeks. She just sold her 5 year old OTTB that she had trained straight from the track to a 13 year old girl and they are doing amazing. She also has a 4 year old OTTB gelding that was a stud when she got him less than a year ago and is the calmest horse on the property. It is really amazing what she is able to do with these really misunderstood horses.

My Boy Puck - Glad to hear I am not alone in experiencing a super calm, young horse off the track lol. Everyone I talk to is just amazing and in awe at how well he is doing.
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Great to hear it's going so well, keep up the good work!
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-02-2013, 03:44 PM
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WE can totally see the development of a riding horse happening right underneath you. You are already a super cute pair, with tons of potential. (Keep those hand up, right?)
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-02-2013, 04:37 PM
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Looking good! he sort of reminds me of my mare after only a few rides. She was starved in a field for 11 months after her last race (ran 3, dead last every time), then sent to the kill pen. She knew next to nothing, yet she tried her heart out and was definitely "cool as a cucumber" ...looks like this guy is too! Good luck with him =)
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-02-2013, 08:15 PM
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Good looking horse. Enjoy!

I never found it beneficial to do the "let down" time. They know how to walk, stand, stop, go. We just ride.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-02-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

We had our first gaming show today! He did so amazing. He is honestly the best three year old I have been around. He was definitely the youngest horse there and the least trained. He has never seen barrels or poles. It was our 8th ride.

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