"In Training Horses, One Trains Himself." - Antoine De Pluvinel
The are many benefits of using the mounting block for horses. The general consensus is the higher-the-block-the-better. It's ideal to mount from a high mounting block (three steps or higher) without using the stirrup iron.
The reason for this approach is a minimal amount of pressure and strain is placed on the horse's back and there is less stress on the alignment of the spine.
Of course, this technique isn't ideal for every situation, but it's considered ideal for the health of the horse's back and spine.
This post shows some basic and fundamental tips for training your off-the-track-thoroughbred to properly stand while being mounted to reduce stress on the spine as well as back pain management.
Ex-racehorses coming from adoption organizations will most likely be trained to stand properly while being mounted. However, if you are getting your horse directly off-the-track they'll...
As a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and OTTB enthusiast, I pursued becoming a CEMT to understand equine anatomy and physiology on a professional level. My intention is to continue the studies of equine biomechanics on a deeper level to better serve our equine partners by implementing training techniques and therapies that further improve the development of a healthy, sound, strong and happy horse.
Our equine friends are amazing athletes, they give us everything and in return, it's our responsibility to “listen to the horse” for any sign of pain or discomfort and help alleviate the underlying systemic issue(s) without causing more problems.
Many horses have issues with balance, straightness, and range of motion, especially off-the-track-thoroughbreds. Some behavioral issues are a direct manifestation of underlying and sometimes unaddressed physical pain. These physical issues won't resolve on their own, we can help them...
All horses can reap the rewards of beneficial herbs. Off-the-track-thoroughbreds can blossom in health by consuming certain herbs. Horses in general, but OTTBs especially suffer from ulcers, muscle soreness, weight gain issues and other physical ailments.
Anise Seed (Pimpinella Anisum)
Supports the digestive and respiratory systems and increases appetite.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Helps with skin ailments liver detoxification.
Catmint (Nepeta Grandiflora)
For ingesting it has calming properties and aids in fever reduction. As a poultice apply to sore painful muscles or surface bruises.
Celery Seed (Apium Graveolens)
Aid in digestion supports healthy urination,...
I see it so often. The first thing people want to do is ride, ride, ride their new off-the-track-thoroughbred. Of course, it’s important to give a test ride to assess chemistry, gait and overall compatibility before you adopt or buy. Of course, you have to enjoy the way the horse moves and their disposition under saddle. The excitement of riding your new horse is an amazing, liberating feeling. Not to mention all the new tack you get to buy, and color coordinating everything. And, a new pair of riding boots, because you have to get something for yourself too. You deserve it.
Let me be clear about some things up front, so I don’t create any misunderstanding. If you have adopted your horse from a recognized TAA organization or an unaccredited facility that retrains OTTBs and places them in homes—understand this: they have limited time to work with the horse. These organizations are often times inundated with...