Hi guys, have just started to work our new horsey, who is a TB from Newmarket, although has never 'raced' he has been brought up on a race yard since a yearling, ridden by jockey's (possibly) and has therefore some traits, so - any advice would be great, I am not a novice rider/owner and knew that he would be a project.
Good points: - fantastic temprement, impeccable manners on the ground and in stable, easy to lead, not strong, has a 'nice eye' - Seems pretty good doer and eats like a piggy, already gained weight since he arrived, probably because I have over fed hi!. Very light to ride in the hand and quick off the leg. Doesnt appear strong, in a snaffle at present.
Bad points - as soon as the tack is put on, he starts to fidget, even when tied up, when you ask him to stand to check the girth etc before mounting, he will go around you as if I am lunging him, he wont stand still and gets very agitated, as if he is going to take off at any moment.
Is very stiff, not flexible, and has a real issue with any contact on his bit, i.e. throws his head up as if he has barb wire in his mouth, and both my daughter and myself have gentle hands and are certaininy not sawing or pull at his mouth but, refuses to work in an outline. Therefore, I am finding it hard to bring him down through the trasitios, I cant just ride around the schooling ring like a cowboy with a loose rein!
Has no topline at all, which could be some of his reluctance to work with the bit, he has an odd shape really, has big chest and muscley hind quarters, as was put on horsewalker for a couple of hours a day, but saggy in middle as if someone has let the air out of a balloon! -
So, if anyone has ever had these issues with a TB or other horse to be fair, I would appreciate your advice. We have only had him for a month and have only just started to ride under saddle, just lunging before, which is is fine at, albeit he doesnt understand voice command that well and just trots round and round for ever if left alone!