Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Tanya, bolting like he did won't be fixed by a bit. It's fixed by training.
I don't recall reading how old this horse is or how much training he's had. Have you ever ridden or even been around horses before?
I've known OTTBs a few months off the track who I would trust my 10yo son who has never been on a horse with. I also know an OTTB who has been off the track for ten years who I absolutely refuse to handle at all and who is too bat-crap crazy to be ridden safely by anyone, even his owner. So, it's not so much the breed, as it is the horse and the training.
I think one of two things needs to happen in this situation.
1- You find a trainer to train the horse while you take riding lessons separately, while also taking lessons on the ground with your horse. Once you are both at the same level training-wise, you can start riding him.
2- You sell this horse on, start taking some lessons, and have your trainer help you pick out a suitable, quiet, broke horse for you to learn ON, not WITH.
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