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My New OTTB; Share Your Experiences?

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Sing Mia Song View Post
    I recommend having someone on the ground to hold her the first time you get on, as they are used to having the jock tossed up while they walk.
    While it's probably a good idea to have someone at her head for the first time anyway, in the years I was an exercise rider, very very few of the horses I galloped didn't stand for the rider to get a leg up. Hell, the babies I started I just climbed on from the ground, just me and my lonesome. Yes, jockeys generally get tossed up while on the move, but day to day? Most learn to just stand still, and are expected to do just that.

    good luck with your girl, OP! She's a cutie!
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    • #22
      She's adorable!
      The Evil Chem Prof

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      • #23
        I love my OTTB! He such a love and about the most honest horse I have ever ridden. He is also super brave over fences with a great work ethic.

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          #24
          Just a little update:


          I've ridden her the past two days now and she is fantastic! I also ordered that book off of amazon We've just done w/t so far... But she is doing very well. Just quite unbalanced going right.

          I haven't tried using the mounting block or anything yet, just been given a 'leg up' by a friend at the barn a couple times.

          Thankyou all for your suggestions! She's turning out to be a good investment!
          Watermark aka "Cleo" - 5 year old Warmblood cross
          Foxtrot aka "Raven" - 5 year old Hanoverian
          Simon Says aka "Sprout" - 4 year old Welsh pony
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          • #25
            She looks like a sweet girl. I bought my first ottb a few weeks ago. He last raced feb. 15. I brought him home have him a few days to settle in, then had my husband lead him with me on him once around the arena. I have not had one problem out of him. He is starting to respond to my leg better, but other than that he is the quietest 4 year old I have ever rode. He won 12,000+ and has been in 9 races. Good luck! A picture of my boy.

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              #26
              Originally posted by Horseshoundskids View Post
              She looks like a sweet girl. I bought my first ottb a few weeks ago. He last raced feb. 15. I brought him home have him a few days to settle in, then had my husband lead him with me on him once around the arena. I have not had one problem out of him. He is starting to respond to my leg better, but other than that he is the quietest 4 year old I have ever rode. He won 12,000+ and has been in 9 races. Good luck! A picture of my boy.

              http://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/photo....ser=1257316661


              Oh what a cute boy he is!! It's so nice to hear others who've had good experiences. Honestly, I was pretty worried when I got this mare, I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle her. But she's probably quiter in the aspect of no bucking/rearing Than my 4yo who I started myself, and is a WB.

              Goodluck to you as well!!
              Watermark aka "Cleo" - 5 year old Warmblood cross
              Foxtrot aka "Raven" - 5 year old Hanoverian
              Simon Says aka "Sprout" - 4 year old Welsh pony
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              • #27
                I've had LOTS of OTTbs.... honestly, other than having issues with tying/crossties, and being a little wiggly for mounting off the mounting block, theyre VERY easy. It all depends on their owners, grooms and exercise riders. If they have a good groom and a good exercise rider, the horse will be well behaved. The steering is generally a little interesting, but most of them figure things out very quickly.
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