We had a great morning with the vets from the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) here in Ooty this morning. The WVS is supported by the Peter Sullevan Charitable Trust and Welttierschutzgesellschaft I gave a talk about how to quickly connect with a horse that you might have come out to treat and how to use pressure-release to get the horse engaged with you and make it easier to handle.
I was given a newly retired thoroughbred horse to use for the demonstration. She was a lovely mare. Interestingly, here in India, the thoroughbreds are forced to retire at age six, seven or eight (depending on the region you are racing in). This means there are a large number of young, healthy horses that could be leading useful lives after racing.
The owner of these OTT horses is going to re-train them and use them in his riding school. The location is amazing and the view quite incredible.
It is the same the world over for these off-the-track horses, they sadly have very little value as they are so easily obtained, and this often leads to poor welfare. All off-the-track horses require re-training as much of what they have learned is not at all useful for pleasure riding. It is for this reason that I developed an entire Off-the-Track Module in the Kandoo Equine Online Training.
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