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    I was at HITS Ocala this weekend, and I just got a new horse. We are trying to sell My Thouroughbred, and a guy came to get him yesterday. So anyways, Saturday afternoon, I decided since it was probably the last time I would be able to ride him, I decided to flat him on the track at the show grounds.(not smart, I know) so He picked up the trott and next thing I know, he spooked and I was on the ground. I got up and saw him galloping down the track! It made a huge scene, and about 20 people came out of the concession stand and were staring at me running down the track trying to get my horse. I finally stopped and just stood their, and someone eventually caught him. It was a GREAT last ride! Lol after tho I got back on and flatted him in a schooling ring. So at least I got back on and ended it well! So my tip, don't take an OTTB on a track to flat! Haha

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    Originally posted by Faith Shirley View Post
    I was at HITS Ocala this weekend, and I just got a new horse. We are trying to sell My Thouroughbred, and a guy came to get him yesterday. So anyways, Saturday afternoon, I decided since it was probably the last time I would be able to ride him, I decided to flat him on the track at the show grounds.(not smart, I know) so He picked up the trott and next thing I know, he spooked and I was on the ground. I got up and saw him galloping down the track! It made a huge scene, and about 20 people came out of the concession stand and were staring at me running down the track trying to get my horse. I finally stopped and just stood their, and someone eventually caught him. It was a GREAT last ride! Lol after tho I got back on and flatted him in a schooling ring. So at least I got back on and ended it well! So my tip, don't take an OTTB on a track to flat! Haha
    Bet you're glad this didn't happen with the one you were trying to sell...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
      Bet you're glad this didn't happen with the one you were trying to sell...
      I think it *was* the one she was selling... Her last ride on him.

      Personally, I would have galloped around the track, but then again I'm young and pretty sure I'm invincible.
      Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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      • #4
        My six year old spooked, bolted and dumped me a few months ago. Never seen a track in his life.

        My helpful hint would be, Horses on the track are not allowed to be uncontrollable under any circumstances and dont ever believe that your horse is acting up because he raced.
        "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GingerJumper View Post

          Personally, I would have galloped around the track, but then again I'm young and pretty sure I'm invincible.
          That's because you're a Barn Rat!

          Galloping my OTTB around a track has always been a dream of mine. Someday...
          2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

          A helmet saved my life.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
            My helpful hint would be, Horses on the track are not allowed to be uncontrollable under any circumstances and dont ever believe that your horse is acting up because he raced.
            Thank you for saying that! It's a common misconception about the racehorse that racing is akin to bolting.
            2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

            A helmet saved my life.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GingerJumper View Post

              Personally, I would have galloped around the track, but then again I'm young and pretty sure I'm invincible.

              That made me chuckle...thanks for that .

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              • #8
                We had our schooling show finals at the fairgrounds a few years back, and my ottb and I took a nice spin around the open exercise track after our tests. Even in my dressage saddle, as long as I stayed out of his way, he shifted right into track-mode and cruised around that track like he never missed a day of training.

                Asked him to come back to me, he down shifted back slowly into a quiet walk and we walked back to the stalls on a loose rein.

                One of my favorite rides of all time
                Team Ginger

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                • #9
                  I think I would love that...I've seen my horse flatten and go faster and he's definitely got a 6th gear! It was so cool to see, he was cantering, then started to dig in and gallop and then got like 6" shorter as he really started pumping...freaking awesome.

                  Never ridden him while he was doing it though. I'd love to have a track or something nearby where I'd feel confident that the footing was good enough to go all out like that....what a rush.

                  Course...that's a fat middle-aged rider saying that...Not sure I'd look so elegant bobbing around up there like a fool.

                  When I was young I used to let my ex-racer AQHA guy all out on this one dirt road. Felt like "The Black Stallion" as the tears would streak out of my face because he was so freaking fast. I'd bridge my reins, grab some mane and let him go....WHOOOOO!

                  The road was really cool though, because it ended in this fairly steep hill that I knew would slow him up near the top. Because I was young, and stupid, we'd gallop from a walk every time we got to that particular spot.

                  Made hacking out with others a little exciting the one time the trail ride went through that area. Oops!

                  I digress...pretty sure your horse just spooked. Those equines do that every once in awhile...

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                  • #10
                    Back when they used to have horse shows at the Garden State race track, I took my OTTB turned show hunter to a show there.

                    Well, you would have thought that he had never left. He would not walk or trot. Only jig or gallop.

                    I finally gave up showing and just breezed him. I'm so glad that I did. He raced until he was 7 or 8 so he was an expert. Boy was that fun! I would never have done it on anyone else.

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                    • #11
                      It's one of my dreams too to gallop my OTTB on a track. I let him loose in the arena a little while ago to let him let off some steam and it was really fun to watch him kick into that extra gear.

                      I'm not invincible, I'm just armed with IcyHot and ibuprofen
                      “Thoroughbreds are the best. They’re lighter, quicker, and more intelligent.” -George Morris

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
                        My helpful hint would be, Horses on the track are not allowed to be uncontrollable under any circumstances and dont ever believe that your horse is acting up because he raced.
                        like! I've galloped my TB plenty and he is always very responsive.

                        Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                        That's because you're a Barn Rat!
                        Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
                        That made me chuckle...thanks for that .

                        Originally posted by Wholehearted View Post

                        I'm not invincible, I'm just armed with IcyHot and ibuprofen
                        *snort* genius!
                        Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                        • #13
                          I've galloped my boys down that track before. I had a QH that had never seen the track, but was my eventer and loved to gallop on flat surfaces. He felt me squeeze and was off. Mind you this was in the middle of Dressage regionals before the show started on Friday and I was in a dressage saddle not my jump saddle. People thought I was insane, but he came down to work after that quite well.

                          The other horses that I have taken to the track to do conditioning work were usually OTTBs. They knew the drill, but they were not allowed to bolt the second we set foot on the track.

                          I do not think that the horse would have bolted if he had not been spooked. I'm also sure that if the OP stayed on then he would not have gone as far
                          I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                            Galloping my OTTB around a track has always been a dream of mine. Someday...
                            Me too!!!
                            Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
                            Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
                            "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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                            • #15
                              Many years ago, a girlfriend and I raced our "mustangs" on a local training track. It was a blast. Dang was that mustang fast. Flattened and took off into another gear. Definitely a fun horse to gallop. The pony mustang was pretty quick as well...I miss those days!
                              Be Patient! Be Kind! Try to understand!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Wholehearted View Post
                                It's one of my dreams too to gallop my OTTB on a track. I let him loose in the arena a little while ago to let him let off some steam and it was really fun to watch him kick into that extra gear.

                                I'm not invincible, I'm just armed with IcyHot and ibuprofen
                                If you are in Washington state on the wet side and any where near Auburn, you can pay some money and gallop on the track at Donida.

                                When my trainer had his business there the horses went out to cool out or do a little breezing to get their ya-yas out. My TB, never raced but was started, if pressed for more he would suck back most of the time. Although my trainer found a gear or two the horse didn't normally use, but he ran out of gas quickly. This one would rather go play in the water jump in the infield on the xc course or any puddle any where.

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                                • #17
                                  I would love to breeze my ottb on the track. and break from the starting gate. I do take him out for a gallop every so often & he loves it! He is as gentlemanly as can be expected

                                  A friend and I once raced a QH against a TB across a huge field in upstate NY. I was on the QH. The TB was fast, but man when that little QH's butt kicked in, he was rocket-fueled! Very fun!

                                  I will say, OP, my ottb "bolted" when I fell off in the GP arena at a show a few weeks ago. At least trainer doesn't think he's going to jump out of the arena when he does that now...err...not that I am in the habit of falling off at shows very often. A little freedom goes a long way ;-)

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Faith Shirley View Post
                                    So my tip, don't take an OTTB on a track to flat! Haha
                                    I board at a place with no indoor arena. We have an outdoor ring...and a track for the standardbred racers on the property to train. I ride both of my OTTBs on the track year-round. Both are hunters (one retired, one green).

                                    Shhhh! Don't tell them they aren't supposed to behave there!
                                    I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

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                                    • #19
                                      Not exactly on topic, but I had an OTTB as a teen that I rode on a track once. At the time, the horse was about 12 years old and had been off the track a good 7+ years. We were cantering along and he was behaving well, so I decided to encourage a little more gallop. He kicked into a whole new gear that I didn't know he had- it was the coolest feeling!

                                      I'd probably be too old and chicken to do that now .

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                                      • #20
                                        Well maybe all the OTTB Cothers should start up an annual race! How fun would that be! We can have silks and everything!

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