Train­ing the ba­sics Katie Jer­ram-Hunnable helps you hone an ex-race­horse for his new ca­reer

Ex-race­horses are a pop­u­lar choice of part­ner for many peo­ple. Show­ing star Katie Jer­ram-Hunnable has ad­vice for get­ting the best out of yours

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MANY HORSES RE­TIR­ING from rac­ing are well suited to take on a dif­fer­ent ca­reer. This could be as sim­ple as en­joy­ing long hacks in the coun­try­side, or as de­mand­ing as event­ing at the high­est level. “What­ever your am­bi­tion, if you’re buy­ing or adopt­ing an ex-racer, bear in mind that his tem­per­a­ment and phys­i­cal abil­ity will dic­tate what he does next,” ex­plains Katie. “Most do be­come calmer and stronger as their re-school­ing pro­gresses though, and if their train­ing is taken slowly and cov­ers all the ba­sics be­fore mov­ing on­wards, they can be fab­u­lous. They are quick learn­ers and very will­ing and many be­come suc­cess­ful show horses once the ba­sics are in­stilled. “The Re-train­ing of Race­horses (ROR) show se­ries is a great start­ing point for them.”

Chang­ing shape

Call Me Dil­lon is an eight-year-old who came out of rac­ing in Novem­ber 2017. He wasn’t par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful as he had breath­ing is­sues when gal­lop­ing, but he re­tired sound. “So far, he’s been to four shows, won one and placed in the other three,” ex­plains Katie. “He is quite sharp, as ex-rac­ers can be, which we have to work with. At the mo­ment he’s com­pletely the wrong shape for a show horse, with a huge, lean frame and up­side­down neck and head, so his work is aimed at tack­ling this, and hack­ing too, for re­lax­ation.” As with a lot of ex-race­horses, work­ing into a con­tact and be­ing able to bend cor­rectly are also ar­eas Katie has been tar­get­ing. Dil­lon is the right stamp to be a suc­cess­ful light­weight/ladies show hunter. This is what Katie and her team are aim­ing him at, al­though his ini­tial train­ing is all about learn­ing to be a rid­ing horse, not a race­horse.

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