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post #1 of 8 Old 08-29-2014, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bored Lesson OTTB

My lesson horse is a 15-year old OTTB (I hope to own him one day) and he is a BIG BOY!!! He is an awesome boy, but he has been a little stinker lately. I was riding him a few days ago and he listened when he wanted to and just seemed like he really did not want to be out there. The trainer and I talked and she was telling me that the only time he gets out of his stall is when he is used for lessons. His current owner does not ride him because he scares her and it appears that the 2 of them are not on the same wave length. However, my relationship with him is awesome. He always sticks his head out the stall for me to get his halter on and is such a good boy when I groom him. He is usually really great when we ride.

The trainer suggested that I take him out into the indoor arena and let his get out his "whatever is bothering me" stuff. I am new to doing that. Any suggestions as to other stuff I can do with him to make him happy and less bored. I would buy him or lease him if I had more time to be at the barn, but unfortunately I am traveling a lot for work and just don't have the time to give him.

Thank you everyone for your help!
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-29-2014, 06:07 PM
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free lunging in the indoor arena is better than nothing. however, keep in mind he may be stiff, so try to get him to walk around a bit before he starts going into all out cavorting around.

grazing would be the number 1 thing that would help his attitude.
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I would suggest walking/trotting him around the arena on lead rein first, then progress on to lunge lining him, and then eventually free schooling him. This will allow him to gradually let off steam instead of a full blown all at once kinda thing , you dont want to let him off in the arena and he goes nuts that wouldnt be good for him or you. There is a horse at my stables that is super grumpy all the time, its purely because he never gets any attention and not enough exercise.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-08-2014, 12:36 PM
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I have a 25 yo OTTB. When he gets flat and blah, the best thing for him to get him out and breeze him. I am fortunate enough to have open trails around my house with good footing so I can open him up without any problems. He's good as new and ready to work the next time.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-09-2014, 12:53 AM
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Poor boy, cooped up in a little box, except when he's taken out to carry various people around in an arena(I guess?). As you're not the owner, I have no idea how much control you have over him, but how to make him happier(and healthier, BTW)? First & foremost, let him BE A HORSE when he's not working. Get him out of the stable & paddocked with other horses, to have a life. And when he's 'working', focus on what you can do that he might enjoy too - eg. instead of doing patterns in an arena eternally, perhaps he'd like to go out for a nice trail ride or such. There is also a good possibility that his overconfinement (or something else) has caused him to be uncomfortable/in pain doing what you ask, so I'd always be considerate of ruling out/treating physical problems first.
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Bring treats for him whenever you go maybe? And mix it up each time you ride. Do you do dressage or jumping with him? If so, try some western stuff. Maybe go around barrels, try some fun stuff maybe? Flag race, anything that's different from his usual schedule and lessons would help. :) Or if you ride western, try jumping bareback or something. Just some ideas. :)
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I think I am a little confused. Is he acting lazy and bored, or is he becoming hot considering he is not out of his stall unless for a lesson?

Either way, considering you are not his owner or leaser, you really have no control over his care or what he gets to do. The only thing you really can do is speak with the BO about turn out for him - otherwise it's really not your place to change up his routine IMHO.
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^ I am a bit confused too... Bored and hot are not usually interchangeable. Can you please clarify OP?

Is he getting bored and has stopped paying attention to you, just doesn't want to listen and instead wants to do his own thing?

Or is he hot and wants to do EVERYTHING and generally becoming a bit unsafe?
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