OTTB discussion between trainer and prospective client

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If only this were not so true . . .

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Race Horse vs Homebred Thoroughbred – Which is Easier to Train?

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Thoroughbred race horses have lots of valuable training experience that puts them way ahead of homebreds. Learn more about retraining Thoroughbreds from this video.

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Riding Your Off-the-Track Thoroughbred for the First Time

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Many new buyers of off-the-track Thoroughbreds are worried about what their first ride will be like. At Bits & Bytes Farm we have been getting Thoroughbreds off-the-track for many years now. We always take a safe yet relaxed approach to the first ride. Here are a few important things to remember . . . This…

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Days 105-111 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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Training Tid Bit. Make it difficult for him to pick the wrong option and make it easy to pick the correct one, but always give him options. Set him up for success.

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Days 98-104 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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It’s time to de worm once again. I asked Phil to lower his head and tip his nose towards me. I let him smell the de wormer (Yum, fruit flavor) and I gently inserted the syringe into the corner of his mouth. Ta-Da! De worming complete…using no halter, no lead and Phil was in his…

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Days 91-97 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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If it ain’t raining, you ain’t training. This is an old military saying that echoes in my ears when it rains from my time on active duty (Army). It was very applicable to this week’s training. It seemed every time I tacked up Phil and started some warm up ground work the sky would just…

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Days 84-90 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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90 Day Progress report • Extremely well behaved in all aspects of daily interaction from de worming to under saddle • Balking has disappeared • No problem with impulsion • Rearing was not an issue and no signs of rearing present • Ear sensitivity has disappeared • Head shyness has disappeared • Girthy behavior has…

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Days 77-83 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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Training Tidbit. I work a lot with lateral flexion. Since I do not school everyday under saddle I incorporate flexion into my daily routine. I have made it a habit to ask for lateral flexion every time I halter. If Phil is stiff, I grab hold of mane near his withers to keep tension until he…

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Days 70-76 – Phil’s Courage’s Journal

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Phil is back in training. To regain some lost conditioning from the past 2 weeks I have gone back to the round pen. Remember the round pen is not used to chase your horse around in circles to exercise him. I think up creative ways to move Phil’s feet right, left, back, forward, sideways. Phil was…

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Help! My Horse is Rearing.

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Rearing under saddle is an unpleasant reaction. In its extreme form, flipping over, this action can be life threatening. Understand, it is a reaction usually caused by rider error.

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