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Acer153

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Acer153 says:

Problems with an ex-racer

Hi all!

Well, we recently bought a 20 y/o TB gelding, we were told he was used as a trail horse, so we thought it was perfect for me and my sis so we could go riding together. We got out and he was fine as we walked/trotted down the side of the road. We checked the mail and started heading back. He refused to walk, the slowest he would go is a fast trot and would suddenly break into a canter or gallop. I couldn't get him to slow down and he swerved into the road cutting a truck off and just continued to run. he wont listen to my legs or to the bit and I'm sorta scared to ride him cause I dont want to get hit. The mare we go riding with just continued to walk or trot while he takes off but he dont care! After this we found out he was an ex-racer. Any advice on what I'm doing wrong when he takes off?

Thanks all!

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classicalfan

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classicalfan says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

A lot of horses pick up speed when they turn for home.  Try to do some schooling work with him so that he listens to you.

Being an ex-racer he will go faster if you pull on the reins.  If, when he picks up speed, you become tense you are unconsicously squeezing with your leg and signalling him to go up a gear.  If you can, stay relaxed and give him some rein.  Make sure you stay well in the saddle and block the forward movement with your seat not with your hand.

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

Why didn't the old owners tell you he was an ex racer?

They probably should have,

I suggest email his old owners or something and ask them about riding adivice for him...

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xbabyprincessx

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Re: Problems with an ex-racer

well clearly they dont care about him enough to make sure he goes to a suitable home so what would emailing them do, they're not exactly gonna say 'sorry we lied' are they.

I'd avoid riding him on the roads it just too dangerous for both of you. Ex racers need plenty of schooling as they've been taught at an early age the completely different aids and so effectivley you are breaking him in to ride as a normal horse. So stick to lots of groundwork, establish some manners and trust in him and then start some schoolwork. It will take some time so be patient with him, its not his fault, good luck, hes gorgeous btw, tell us how you get on! :) xxx

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Acer153

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Acer153 says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

The owners didn't know he was an ex-racer. They thought he was a TB mix and was a trail horse his whole life. She only owned him for two years and only rode him in an arena, which wasn't very often so he acted fine just like he does in out 90x90 corral.. He was really just kept in a small pen for 2 years (I wish I had taken a video of when he came here. Going from that pen to 50 acers, he was in HEAVEN! and he got to run and play with our other two horses) Thanks for the advice! I was thinking of just going back to the start of training and working him from there and now its seems like the best, if not only, option.

Thanks so much!

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whitbey21

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whitbey21 says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

hi there I own an ex-racer who was quite good in his time.  The first day I rode him out, I gave him all the wrong aids (for a racer) and he shot off with me (I managed to get him back).  I have found over the past 4 years that pulling on him just starts a "battle"...and he is stronger than me!   I rode him tonight and as always he is jogging as soon as I head for home.  So i just do gentle half halts and as soon as he stops jogging I release, then he jogs....and so on, but after a while he settles.  When I first got him I daren't ride out in company as he always wanted to take off and "win the race" but over time he has understood that he doesn't need to do that anymore.  Whilst he is not very well schooled I do lots of schooling whilst out on a hack to get him focused and listening which does tend to get him thinking.  I also ride him in a dutch gag on the middle link which gives me that extra control without being too harsh.

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tbgirl25

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tbgirl25 says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

take a look at the retraining exracehorses website, they have loads of tips on dealing with horses that have been trained to run fast and not much else.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

With Lara told to use a French Link Eggbutt Snaffle as it was kinder for her than a snaffle, also keep your legs off her dont grip up as she will do the opposite of a normal horse, so pulling on the reins will be telling her to go faster, the nutter here rode her when I could with a loose rein. Everything softly softly.

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Tabbyx

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Tabbyx says:

Re: Problems with an ex-racer

Mabye the reason why he bombed off with you is because he felt insecure. We had a horse called snowy and we could'nt just turn him round and sett of home we had to find some sort of circuit where toy did'nt have to turn directly around. Schooling sould help build up trust and aids. Ex racer are taught completly diffrent aids. I know I have one myself and schooling really helps. If you do have to turn directly around try working him as hard as you can first so he is less likely to take flight (well not as fast anyway.) But try to do as little road work as possible.

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