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Hey everyone i took on an ex racer in May she had sustained 2 complete ruptured tendons whilst racing and basically been turned away for a couple of years and completly left to it. I absolutely adore this mare she is 16.3 13yrs old and a very trainable temperement. I did all the basics to get her back into work and she is getting quite fit :) we completed our first intro dressage test yesterday and she was extremlely wound up!!!!!!!!! but we completed the test she was tense and hollow so got 51.8% but such a huge deal for us to be there after 6 weeks of lessons!! She had no idea when i took her on had only raced and hunted!!

This link i am looking for advise on re-schooling ex-racers (as this is a first for me) tips that may help us things to look out for and would love to hear about other peoples experiences too. She is such a fab mare who really likes to have a job!! and i want to get the best i can from her in the nicest most fun ways :) She has been completley checked over by the vet and is 100% sound and cleared to work, she has been carefully lunged and stayed sound too which has helped greatly with introducing her to schooling :) hope for some help :) alice x
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I trained my OTTB from track to dressage. The key is lots and lots of trail riding to change their psych, and short rewarding arena training, with lots of relief. I got a lot of help from a website called horseproblems.com.au, and bought a video from the website called 'from track to dressage'. I also found the 'above the bit' video unbelievably helpful in getting my horse to work correctly, long and low.
 

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Thank you. I am not competing as I lived in the middle of nowhere without a float! My horse was given to me as a psychopath! He was pretty dangerous. Quite frankly I think he could be used for teaching beginners now! I was scared of the trail work, but it really worked. You go out 'looking for trouble', ditched, bushes, logs, and teach these horses leg on, leg on, leg on. Your riding must be good enough to perform an excellent one reign stop just in case. The trail work is where you get all the results - not the arena. I recently had an expert dressage rider have a go on him, and quite frankly I burst into tears - he went beautifully. The hardest part fro me was 'letting go of the reigns'. Pull on these horses mouths at your peril - they will take it on and run. Once I let go of the reigns and put my legs on him, he became slow and controlled! ??? doesn;t make sense does it, but it works like a dream. To say have I enjoyed it... I have a horse that people in the community comment about our 'bond' - we lie down together and share sandwiches! That is more rewarding than any dressage technique I could hope to learn. Good luck with your lovely horse. (I only just joined so haven't got pictures up yet, but I have posted one in my profile - I think).
 

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Thanks so much yes thats funny i just starting hacking her out straight away and i limit her schooling and am lead by her. Its so scary letting go of those reins and putting the leg on which goes against every bit of commen sense youve got but works!!!!!! she's the steadiest on a canter out in the countryside than all the cobs at the yard which i also was surprised at!!! Ah sounds like youve got such a great bond mind you ive never bonded so quick with any other horse as i have with her and funny shes my first mare ive always had geldings. Thanks for great tips i am going to our second dressage test next week if she fits in my friends horse box lol x How old id yours? cant see pic? x
 

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I got him at 9 years and he just turned 12. He raced til 8 and then threw his 'dressage queen' owner off. Very unpredictable, highly strung, and buck leaper with threats to rear. It's their heads you gotta work with. They are very athletic, so once you sorted out their heads, the rest of the stuff is VERY quick to train. But if you try to train while they are still messed up in the head, it goes wrong. Lots of long walks on trails really helps with big loopy reigns letting them look all over the place. Then work on Leg Yield. This is something they have NO IDEA about. I did : 1) trail riding for months. 2) leg yeild training 3) head down, frame long and low. THEN I had something I could actually work with. The rest was unbelievably easy.
I hope you have a huge success with your dressage test
 

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LOL phaebarrett - you sound just like John (mr HP) "dressage queen" "Pull on these horses mouths at your peril"

i agree with all of this. my horse is getting remouthed using HP's remouthing system. i went to one of his clinics and a talked to him and even got a photo with him ! :) i asked him about another horse i owned off the track (don't own him anymore) i asked what should i do, he said to remouth and hobble train any OTTB first off.
 

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Oooooooooh hell... Mr HP seems to be popping up all over the place on the forum lately... very um... interesting? person... some good ideas, but please, please do not take his word as gospel. He's a local for me, see him around at all the dressage comps with his wife who is *shock horror* a dressage rider. He loves to sit on the side lines find a few people to pick on, blow the story immensely out of proportion and then run back to his computer and put an absolutely load of crock all over his website about these cruel riders and horse people out there that he saw today, how no body knows what they're doing and if they only followed his methods the world would be a perfect place.
What tipped me over the edge? When he hid in the bushes next to an arena to take photos of a friend of mine riding. Said friend has MS among other debilitating issues, and good old 'Mr HP' ran back to his website and ranted and raved, accusing her of 'hanging off her left rein creating a bridle lame horse' yada yada yada...

Sorry, that man is trouble and is well known for that fact.
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OP, lovely LOVELY mare!!!
 
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