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OTTB before/afters!!!! Share your updates! new video in 31 -- jumped 3'!

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  • OTTB before/afters!!!! Share your updates! new video in 31 -- jumped 3'!

    Just for fun...how are your OTTBs doing?

    Here is mine today: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fordtrak.../0/yD98CfMyQuE

    Teddy has come so very, very far from the curled, bucking, hot fiasco I bought in 2008. Having him to happily hop around 2'6 is once of the biggest achievements of my horsey life.

    Before, a few months after I got him: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fordtrak.../6/SFFoTsLQofU

    Other things you notice when you usually ride alone and someone brings a videocamera: WTF am I DOING with my back? And I need to put my leg on over the jump. Sigh. Always a work in progress. Feel free to critique too.
    Last edited by fordtraktor; Aug. 10, 2011, 08:08 PM.

  • #2
    Wow he looks awesome. So happy and soft in that second video, what a difference from the first.

    Congrats on your success! He is lovely!!
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


    • #3
      Oh thank you, thank you for posting a thread about an OTTB that didn't come off the track and instantly be the easiest horse you've ever worked with... I was beginning to feel like I'm the only one who's OTTB ever does anything naughty or difficult and was feeling slightly frustrated that I've owned her for over a year and am just getting to trotting little crossrails... and still occassionaly getting spooked/bucked off.

      I can't actually watch the videos because I'm on dial-up, but it sounds like your boy has made fabulous progress. I gives me hope that my mare will be cantering little courses without bucking me off on my head soon too.


      • #4
        I, too, have an OTTB Teddy...he was a curled, hot fiasco in 2009, tho...but looked pretty much the same as your Teddy, from the before video. Didn't steer, chewed the bit all the time, bucked, shook his head, took off at a gallop to run into his pasture mate (body-slam style)...oh, wait, that's my Teddy, not yours! But fiasco about covers it. A Buck Brannaman clinic did help us out a lot.

        My OTTB Teddy is now a ranch horse. We are getting over the whole Post Traumatic Racehorse Disorder thing. We do jump, the downed timber in the forest is generally from 18" up to 2'9". We don't jump cows. But we sure find them and send them in the right direction! Calves will go back to where they last saw mama, and sometimes you'll have a calf that doesn't realize mama is in the herd- so the calf will break away and start running. DH mentioned seeing a black blur in the forest, and knowing that Ted and I were getting the calf back (Next step was DH going into the herd to find the right mama, otherwise calf will do it again...lather, rinse and repeat, the horse ends up pretty lathered!)

        There are a few pics here. The photo of Ted jumping is NOT me!! I figured if Ted could use himself so well, with his rider not just pulling/balancing on the reins, but fully sitting on his back, well, he'd probably be fantastic ridden nicely!


        • #5
          I too am glad to hear others have difficult OTTBs!! Up until about 2 weeks ago, mine would NOT go to the right. He would totally and completely refuse...as in stop and spin and be beligerent about it...as well as bucking and getting me off too! I was really starting to wonder if there was ANYTHING I could do to fix him. But, knock on wood, he seems to have turned a corner and is now popping over little crossrails quite willingly. granted, we do have quirky days (like tonight) where we forget how to steer a little bit, do a bit of stopping while going right (the spin SEEMS to be gone, but when he is tired, he just tries to say "okay I am done now" which of course means we are NOT done).

          Ohhhh the life of owning TBs!! LOVE them, but sometimes they just make me scratch my head! I will have to upload some videos to youtube!
          "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"


          • #6
            I am fortunate enough that no one has ever been around with a camera during any of my OTTB's worst bucking times... He did used to be pretty wound up though, never lowered his head, very stiff. We're slowly working through it. A friend of mine suggested I put a gag bit on him to "get his head down" and I went 0.o Heck no. You clearly don't have a thoroughbred. All that would get me is bucked off.

            This is the most recent video I have of him, just a short canter. Obviously my riding needs work, but I'm so proud of how soft and quiet he's getting.

            RIP Don - 3/28/2004-8/15/2012


            • #7
              Here's mine:
              July/August 2009. I'd only had him a few months and he had no idea where his feet were. Plus my riding leaves a lot to be desired. Gah this video is embarassing

              August 2010. Getting better (and fatter and more muscular and better riding from me and a better fitting saddle for both of us).

              April 2011. Please excuse the camera work--one of the barn kiddies offered at the end of a long morning.

              My guy was never particularly hard (although the first winter I had him when he *finally* started to gain weight was......interesting.....there were lots of calming w/t rides). However, there are things that I simply can't push with him and sometimes I have to end the ride on a not-so-great note. He's only anxious when he doesn't understand something, but he tries his hardest to figure out what I want. All my accomplishments with him are hard won and much sweeter for it.
              I love my Econo-Nag!


              • #8
                I've posted a million pics of my boy since re-starting him back in August 2008. Here we are, about 3 weeks shy of our 3 year anniversary. Tiki hasn't been EASY, per se. He's sensible, not terribly spooky, has never tried to buck me off, and has a GREAT brain, but he has been quite challenging at times during the retraining process. Here is the video of his VERY first horse show class, ever! 2'3 jumpers:

                And here is his most recent jumper class; June 2011. 2'9 jumpers:

                Pretty big difference. As I said, he's always been good and sensible, just not always the easiest horse on the planet!


                • #9
                  Ottb experience

                  I was really hesitant when I was called about an OTTB that desperately needed a home (I actually went right to the track to pick her up). I had recently lost my Arab of almost 30 years and was still heart broke. I ended up buying my girl over the phone with nothing but a picture of her head to go by. Something about her face just drew me to her. I have always had hot horses and never had one broke before I got it but "untraining" is much harder. She has a great disposition but can go from 0 to 60 in less than two seconds. She has caught me off guard a few times and I ended up in the dirt. I put her in her first show the end of July and she got reserve champion. I was so proud of her. The only problem I am having is she refuses to jump. She is terrified of anything under her. I follow Clinton Anderson (which has been a true blessing with this girl) and she has no fear of anything when I am on the ground with her but when I am in the saddle, it doesn't seem to transfer. I hope one day to figure out how to overcome this but in the mean time, I have a wonderful companion. I wish more people would give these guys a home. It is so sad how many end up.


                  • #10
                    3 years seems to be the time frame. I got Tony in 2008 and couldn't ride him outside the barn without getting bucked off. Last Friday my trainer announced mid way through our lesson that we would be going on a trail ride. My first thoughts were "i need to switch to my western saddle and a stronger bit" but there was no time and he seemed to be doing fine in the lesson. He was a dream on the trails, went up and down some steep hills (he walked calmly), we passed some 'horse eating' old farm equipment, a picnic table, and a pasture of mules, and he looked but stayed calm the whole ride. I'm still beaming over our success and now can't wait to go out again. I love those 'aha' moments even if it takes years to have a BIG one :-)


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dakotawyatt View Post
                      Here is the video of his VERY first horse show class, ever! 2'3 jumpers:

                      And here is his most recent jumper class; June 2011. 2'9 jumpers:
                      These links are the same!
                      Professional hunter princess


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                        Just for fun...how are your OTTBs doing?

                        Here is mine today: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fordtrak.../0/yD98CfMyQuE

                        Teddy has come so very, very far from the curled, bucking, hot fiasco I bought in 2008. Having him to happily hop around 2'6 is once of the biggest achievements of my horsey life.

                        Before, a few months after I got him: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fordtrak.../6/SFFoTsLQofU

                        Other things you notice when you usually ride alone and someone brings a videocamera: WTF am I DOING with my back? And I need to put my leg on over the jump. Sigh. Always a work in progress. Feel free to critique too.

                        He looks so comfortable with his job!


                        • #13
                          I didn't get my OTTB straight off the track, he already had some retraining, but I want to share anyway! Since that retraining was bad.

                          Here he is 4 years ago a couple months after I bought him, after his first trail ride:


                          He was and is a recovering puller at the canter. They used all the wrong equipment on him to "retrain him" from being strong (kimberwicke & standing martingale) and it's been hell to fix but we're almost there! He bucked, he rushed to all his fences, took off long, and then bucked, and then he bucked some more.

                          Now (if I get MY butt into shape) he's doing 2'9" jumpers, we're going to try out some low low lowww level eventing, we're currently taking dressage lessons, and if I get the guts we may try foxhunting! He's a fantastic horse that I adore and I'm so glad I bought him (and that he's always been very sound, despite being 14 now).

                          His body condition after having him 2 years and with consistent work:

                          Giving 2' hunters a shot:

                          His first 2'6" class:

                          Wish I had a photo of this and not just a video still, a 2'3" class:


                          • #14
                            Your guy is adorable, fordtraktor! No critique from me....he looks like a lot of fun to ride, even in the "before" video I'm glad to not have any evidence of my boy bucking me off in the early days. It used to completely undo him when he hit a fence (if he thought it was even remotely my fault) and I've always said he's the only horse who's ever been able to get me off whenever he wanted to (even with advanced warning in the form of prolonged squealing). Glad he's gotten over that!

                            Here's my boy the day he came home from the track (Oct 2006):

                            And here he is at a show this spring (2011):
                            Flying F Sport Horses
                            Horses in the NW


                            • #15
                              This is my OTTB "Pete" - he is ten years old, so fortunately a very sensible guy. He had a long (but underwhelming!) career at the track.

                              The day I bought him, December 2010:

                              Flat work in July 2011:

                              Jumping, same time:

                              He is coming along really nicely, although there have been some hysterical surprises along the way... like trot poles. Trot poles, in case you did not know, are extremely dangerous to horses and must be cleared by at least 3'. Under no circumstances should you EVER trot calmly through them!

                              Love to see the OTTBs in their new careers I think it is always a work in progress, but I love my boy and enjoy every little victory.


                              • #16
                                Holy Cow, PNWjumper, he's practically jumping the standards! All of these posts are making me want an OTTB... someday .


                                • #17
                                  Yeah, an OTTB is (in general) not for the faint of heart, if s/he's right off the track. But if they've had good retraining, wow!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I love hearing all the TB stories -- they are so much fun.

                                    Some are easy, some are not. This one was not easy to get going, for mostly external reasons: we went through a few saddles, ulcers, my maternity leave, etc. Once we got all that sorted out he has turned into a joy. Some days I think he might be my favorite horse to ride. He is so light and soft that I can just canter around and find jumps, something that is impossible on my pogo-stick, fiery heart horse jumper.

                                    PNWjumper, funny about Billy getting peeved about hitting them! (Billy is amazing!) I thought this one had no scope at all because he has a non-jarring jump when you are sitting on him. My other horse jumps the tar out of the fence. This one feels like an eq horse to me. I thought he was barely scraping over crossrails and would never clear 3'6 but it turns out he's normal, I just forgot what normal is like.

                                    But still, the first time this one hit a jump, he stopped dead and held his leg off the ground. I nearly had a heart attack. I was sure it was broken or he'd done a tendon or something. 2 minutes later he was walking off sound, but that 2 minutes....the heart stops every time, even when you know they are babies and learning.

                                    He has hit a few more learning to rock back from the deep spots. He is not as naturally careful but has learned and assimilated that info, rarely hits one now. I think he will be a teachably clean jumper more than the allergic to wood, naturally clean jumper my other horse is. He still wants to be clean and that is what matters.


                                    • #19
                                      I'm so obsessed with mine! I got her at the track a little more than a year ago and she is going to her third real horse show this week (nothing big, just 2'6" stuff). She seems mostly suited to be a hunter but I figure if she ends up a jumper, she may as well start this way.


                                      • #20
                                        I always love these OTTB threads.

                                        Here's mine:
                                        The day I bought him, on the backstretch of Penn National:

                                        Learning to jump the scary flower boxes at home (a year later...)

                                        And the finished product - last year at 2'6":

                                        And this year, breaking into 3':
                                        "To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection."