Book by Anna Morgan Ford PB 252 Pages
Often "retired" from racing early in life, off-the-track Thoroughbreds, known as OTTBs, desperately need another chance to shine - and they can, as eventers, hunters, jumpers, dressage horses, and trail mounts. With just a little time, patience, and know-how, OTTBS can be successfully retrained to reach the highest levels of competition, or simply bring their intelligence and athleticism to the recreational rider''s pleasure-minded pursuits. Now Anna Morgan Ford, Program Director at New Vocation Racehorse Adoption (the largest such organization in the US), offers readers a lifetime''s experience working with Thoroughbreds, both as racehorses and as "riding" horses. In this one-of-a-kind guidebook, she shares her practical, step-by-step process for effectively reforming an OTTB and preparing him to excel in any discipline. Inside are tips for where to find your horse, and how to determine if he''s the right match for you. Ford explains feeding - how to add weight and keep it on; low-stress ways to incorporate turnout in an OTTB''s schedule; typical soundness and behavior problems, including those related to steroid use and stomach ulcers; as well as hoof balance, trimming, and shoeing issues related to standard track care. Readers then learn how to improve manners while leading, tying, and grooming; recondition musculature and establish a frame with conscientious groundwork; and finally, build a top-notch foundation under saddle, both in and out of the arena.