Every year thousands of thoroughbred ex race horses, often referred to as OTTB, (off the track thoroughbreds) retire from the racing industry, their future uncertain. Many well-meaning horse enthusiasts seek to take these horses and retrain them for sport and recreational purposes. This book takes the accumulated experience and knowledge of horse trainer Scott Brodie—manager of the New South Wales Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust, re-trainer of hundreds of ex racehorses—and allows the novice trainer to tap into this valuable source of information previously unattainable for the average horse enthusiast. Available in e book format from Apple I books and Amazon
Part 6 The horse is already responding to the whip applying pressure to the hind quarter,
encouraging it forward and across, now step to the inside of what will be your circle, point the whip at the horses nose to encourage him to move out onto a small circle, initially at the walk. The horse should respond to the whip pointed at his nose, if he has learnt his lessons from the previous stages, he will move his head away from the whip. We are now able to move the horse away, by pointing at its nose and to make it move forward by pointing at it’s hind quarter. We should now have the horse moving around us quietly at the walk. Once this is established the handler should consolidate the halt command from walk by using the voice and causing the horse to face up with a tug on the lunge lead , these aids used simultaneously will eventually be replaced simply by the voice command.
Once the horse has a calm understanding of the above, increase your energy levels
until the horse begins to trot try to co ordinate the horses urge to trot off with your voice command to do so, this will eventually lead to the horse responding to the voice aid. Work on transitions up and down between walk trot and halt. Once these are calmly established introduce the canter aid in the same way you previously introduced the trot. Be aware of the horses capability regarding balance at this stage, he will canter better in one direction than the other this is normal, our aim here is to establish voice aids.
Do not proceed to the next level until this lunge work is fully established.