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post #11 of 14 Old 06-09-2013, 08:07 PM
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I was just given an OTTB to train and was having some of the same problems!

The first few days I was on him, he had little episodes of mini-bucking or trying to get out of the ring and other things like that. However, I've found that when he acts unruly or what we would consider "bad" is just him either having a hard time understanding something or one of his "quirks" leftover from the track.

For example, he is very sensitive about people touching his ears, and almost reared while someone was trying to clean them. If I were to walk in on this situation, I would think that he was being "bad". But, it turns out that the track he was at used to twist the horses' ears in order to get them into the starting gate :(
So, I understand where you're coming from, but maybe trying to think of it like a horse would be helpful :) Good luck!
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 05:26 AM
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miover LOVES getting rubbed where the forlock starts and just behined the ears, alot of the horses at the racing stables i volunteer at do aswel, only 3 that are head shy due to how they were broken in, one horse there was severly headshy, within 4 days he wasnt head shy anymore.

miover could care less about waving arms , only thing ive seen him be concerned over is a box on the road LOL
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 01:11 PM
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You didn't mention how long your boy has been off the track and how extensive his dressage training was. If is his time on the track was recent, why not see if you can find a trainer locally who specializes in transitioning OTTBs to new disciplines and schedule a few sessions with him/her to learn about how your horse was previously trained and what you can do to make his transition to being a riding horse rather than a racing one more smooth?

Or if his training in dressage was quite extensive, why not schedule a few lessons with a dressage trainer? Most dressage trainers I know have been happy to work with students from other disciplines and it could be that some of the difficulty you are having is you and your horse not quite understanding each other. Maybe learning some of the "language" he was trained in would help you.
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-10-2013, 02:06 PM
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Ares is the same way; works very well 90% of the time, but has a bad day every couple of weeks. It's usually if I have to miss riding for more than a day or two, especially when he doesn't get turned out. Yesterday he had a bad day like that because they started feeding and he knew it, and was ****ed that he couldn't go eat dinner, so everything was geared towards attempting to steer back to his stall.... very similar to your horse wanting to go back to his buddies.

If it's simply excess energy, you can generally ride it out of him. Ares responds much better after loping a few laps around the arena to take the edge off.

If it's bratty behavior because he wants to do something else, that's different. What works best for Ares is to let him know he is NOT going to get to go back, that he's accomplishing nothing. I'll start working on forehand spins or doing short serpentine patterns with plenty of direction changes, stuff where he has to pay attention since the next cue is unpredictable. Ground work definitely helps.

Moving him from one arena to the other often helps too; he seems to realize that he didn't accomplish anything, and settles down some.
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