I recently received a request on Facebook for suggestions to consider for someone's first ride off the track on their new OTTB, so I put together this video as a way to share my philosophy on preparing for the first ride off the track.
The Main Takeaways
Before even considering getting on for the first time:
The first ride is all about TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS
3/14/2016 04:24:44 pm
First thing I did with my OTTB was test the brakes in hand and on the lunge line! Love reading your stuff. Am going to work on ground tying this week!
3/14/2016 06:50:52 pm
3/14/2016 09:39:40 pm
My OTTB refuses to stand still at the mounting block. He backs up as I try to get on, and if I am able to get on, he immediately lunges forward unbalancing me. Any suggestions?
3/16/2016 11:24:19 pm
Thank you very much for your response. I have not worked with him on ground tying at all, so I don't know if he would move around when I moved around him. I will begin there and look forward to your video for other advice.
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By Kyle Rothfus
This blog is dedicated to providing insight about OTTB re-training, Thoroughbred pedigrees and general equine care. You can also track the progress of horses I have for sale through posts here.