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  1. Horse Conformation Critique
    Hoping this is the right section to post this.. Hi all! I am in the market for buying a OTTB as my next mid-upper level jumper and to start me in eventing. I found a horse in which I am having a complete PPE done on this week. She is a 7 yr old mare, raced 30 times and retired. Had downtime...
  2. Horse Training
    Hi, Not sure if this belongs here but worth a shot... Was looking for exercises to build neck muscle in horses? My OTTB has quite a thin, skinny neck- I am usually only able to ride him once a week, but know someone who I trust yo get out there more and work him. What exercises would be helpful...
  3. Horse Conformation Critique
    I am looking to buy a horse! I am particularly drawn to this guy. He is 5 years old and has been raced intermittently. mainly curious what you all think about his conformation. Thanks!
  4. Member Journals
    Forewarning, this will be a long post since it's the first one. After this they probably won't be quite as long. So I'm making this thread/journal as a way to track my progress with my boy Sam. I do have another jouranl that I did post him in for a while, but I feel like my journey with Sam is...
  5. Member Journals
    Well, the time has finally come that I'm going to be moving my mare to the stables. I had hoped the one pen would get cleared on the property so that I could work with Roxy at home, but that doesn't seem to be happening so I got in contact with the barn owner and she told me I was allowed 2...
  6. Horse Talk
    With January nearing, I have a big decision to make. I currently have 2 horses. One is an 8 month old filly that came from the wild named Ren. The other, is a 14 year old OTTB mare I've named Roxy. Now, Ren I'm keeping, hands down. No question about it. It's Roxy that may be staying or going...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I'm thinking about switching things up with my horse. I ride him in a plain single jointed D ring for schooling and usually show in a short shank pelham. Nothing is really wrong with his schooling bit but I find the D ring looks kind of stupid because for a big 17hh horse he has a petite face...
  8. Horse Training
    Hi everyone! I recently bought a 12 year old OTTB. He is the sweetest guy, but his only issue is his extreme separation anxiety. As of now, he is in a field by himself (still in quarantine), but he can see all of the other horses. He paces a bit, but not too much that it worries me. His...
  9. Art and Craft Work
    Couldn't help but share the digital painting I made of Chance yesterday afternoon. Super proud of it since lately I've been suuuper out of practise, not to mention I've never drawn in this style before! (That is, without relying on blending xD) Critique is welcome--just please be kind! Done...
  10. Horse Health
    Hey all, I’ve just started leasing a 15 year old OTTB gelding who was in poor body condition and out of work for a year or two before I came along. He’s been steadily gaining weight and muscle from our light riding, but he’s still quite hollow behind the withers, which makes saddle fitting...
  11. Horse Training
    Hi, I am starting my 13 year old OTTB over fences and I have her jumping little 1 foot jumps on a lunge line, but because she is 17hh, she is practically walking over them. How high is appropriate to get her working on her form after she masters the basics of stride, takeoff, etc.?
  12. Horse Health
    Hi everyone, A few days ago I noticed a little lump on my mare's front right leg, the leg that has predisposed problems. At first I was very concerned. The first day it was very hot, but she showed no lameness so I used a "wait and see" approach, knowing it wasn't one of the bigger...
  13. Horse Talk
    Forewarning, this is a personal little rant about my beloved mare, who I love so dearly. She came to me very ill. A starvation and neglect case. I worked on bringing her back to life, and like a lot of thoroughbreds once she started feeling good her trues colors came through. My horse is...
  14. New to Horses
    Hi! I am a 14/15 year old hoping to get her first horse soon! I have been riding for seven years, and I am an intermediate rider. The horse I am planning on getting is a 10 year old 16 hand OTTB named Red. He retired at the age of 6, and started his off track training last year. He has a...
  15. Horse Conformation Critique
    4 year old Chestnut Beautiful floaty movement, even during her first ride under saddle. Just wondering what you think of her build, thanks! https://imgur.com/a/pP0eX Not exactly sure how to post pictures :')
  16. Horse Training
    So I've recently (past 2yrs ish...) dipped more than just my toes into the true dressage world, aka that based on the German scale of training and looking to compete past just training level. I've always done basic flatwork - mainly just work aimed at getting a horse moving whatever direction...
  17. Horse Training
    Hi guys, I have recently gotten a beautiful ottb gelding. He is 6yo and has virtually zero ground manners. He is so strong to lead around the paddock and walks all over me. I'm using a good rope halter to try and get him to listen more, but is still just so so strong and doesn't give to pressure...
  18. Horse Training
    I am training my OTTB to jump and we've gotten to little cross rails, I am worried about her banging up her legs because I am using wood for poles. I am trying to decide whether I should buy splint boots or bell boots, or just use polo wraps to protect her legs. What is your opinion?
  19. Horse Health
    Hi, all! I am looking for advice. Had an OTTB who has raced on and off over the past 6 years vetted today. He has had 2 months downtime and has been restarted W/T/C, over fences, XC schooling, etc. HUGE scope, good brain, awesome movement. Good teeth. Restarted by a 4* eventer who "is OK if he...
  20. English Riding
    I currently have a 7yo OTTB who is very headstrong. He has not been responding to the bit, so we put him in a gag and it worked wonderfully. Problem is, he's supposed to go to a show this weekend (hunter jumper) and we can't keep him in the gag. Any suggestions on what to do or a bit that is...
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