I had a super message from Equipepper about my Collectives Marks series of posts and how they had helped her, so I asked her to guest blog for me on the subject of Dressage for Ex Racehorses …
Here’s what she has to say …
How To Approach Dressage With Ex Racehorses
Thoroughbreds and ex racehorses are becoming more popular amongst amateur and competitive riders. There are many reasons for this, the most obvious being that they are usually fairly cheap to buy compared to a well-bred warmblood. However, there is no reason why a sound ex racehorse cannot do well in other disciplines such as dressage.
Why Choose Thoroughbred Ex Racehorses?
As a breed, thoroughbreds are incredibly athletic and are often very common in the bloodlines of top sports horses. Some of them also have very good movement, which is a vital base for any dressage horse. My ex racer naturally has correct uphill paces, even after two years of National Hunt racing. Thoroughbreds tend to be quite smart. This is both a good and a bad thing when it comes to retraining them. They tend to pick up what you want them to do quite quickly and they remember it. However, if they don’t want to do something, they can be very creative at finding a way around doing it which you might struggle to undo.
Retraining Racehorses For Dressage : Considerations
The majority of racehorses will probably have no schooling experience at all. Not only this, but a jockey’s riding style is very different to that of the average rider. Therefore dressage will be a completely new experience for them and there are lots of little things you need to consider when it comes to riding them. Continue reading Retraining Of Racehorses – Dressage