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"Baby" OTTB Brag!

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  • "Baby" OTTB Brag!

    I am so excited about my "baby" OTTB, Tiger Distinction! He is a 2010 (which is why I am putting baby in quotes) who retired this past February, and I got him in March. He was turned out for 6 months before being sent to WestWind Farms in Northern VA for 60 days of basic retraining. He has a really hard time staying focused and not being incredibly distracted Which makes me even more proud of this video!

    I picked him up from WestWind on 11/10 and the goal I was given was that at the end of 30 days, if I could do a 20m trot circle and keep his attention, I was on the right path. I think we have accomplished that and more! I also was advised by both Dusty at WestWind and my trainer, Allison Spivey, to focus on the walk and trot under saddle and work on his canter on the lunge to help him figure out his balance.

    This is his first time off the property (and a full weekend away, at that!) since I brought him home, first time doing serpentines, and first time cantering him since the day I picked him up from WestWind He stumbles a bit going into it and I couldn't keep him going, but that is all OK! I could not be more proud of Tiger and just had to share!

  • #2
    Nice horse... he seemed to really be trying. I liked the whole attitude of the lesson, try stuff and don't get bogged down in detail as long as the flow was honest. Plenty of time to work on balance and consistency while keeping that relaxed 'can do' frame of mind.


    • #3
      I was hooked right at the start, "ride the good in, not the bad out" love it.

      What a nice looking boy you have, nice mind as well, wish you all sorts of fun and successes with him.
      "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

      "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


      • #4
        Very nice looking!! Looks like you did right with him!! All the best for the future!!


        • #5
          What a lovely boy! And absolutely adore your instructor, she is my type of trainer! Congrats and wish you much success on your boy


          • Original Poster

            Thank you guys! I'm still absolutely giddy from the weekend. Had a great follow up ride last night at home, too I worked on sending him forward down the long side, a couple of serpentines and those diagonals which end up becoming leg yields (A-M) and he felt just as good as he did at Allison's. Yay! He is a VERY different ride for me... he's incredibly sensitive/aware and can be spooky. My other OTTB, Echo, is laid back and ignores my mood for the most part, which has enabled me to learn how to train and ride the movements safely. I have bipolar disorder and sometimes my mood is unstable so if I hadn't had a horse like Echo, I would not have been able to gain the skills to ride a horse like Tiger. It's all a learning experience and process for both myself and the horses.

            Yes, I am beyond lucky to have found my trainer - she is always positive, no matter what, and she has a lot of experience with young horses and Thoroughbreds in general. She has come up with so many creative ways for us to teach Echo things... he really struggled with haunches in and got explosive, so she figured out a way to trick him into it that didn't press all of his buttons.


            • #7
              Cute boy! I enjoyed listening to your trainer!