Services offered by Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables

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Breaking/Pre-Training
Young horses will come as weanlings or yearlings from sales or directly from stud farms to Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables. Here they will be kept in paddocks and stables and cared for until such time as they are ready to be taught to be ridden (to begin their training). Ambleway’s method is low-stress with the priority to maintain the care and spirit of the horse at all times. The tuition of pre-training at Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables is seen as two-fold process: a Behavioral side and an Emotional side. The purpose of the Behavioral side is to condition the thoroughbred to understand and react accordingly to instructions given by the rider, whereas the Emotional side is the psychological aspect of establishing a lasting trust and connection between horse and human. The objective of breaking in and pre-training a thoroughbred racehorse is to get the horse accustomed to wearing various head-pieces, bits, saddles, and to moving at various gaits with a person on their back in preparation for racing. When the horse is schooled sufficiently they are now ready to go into the trainer's racing yard.

Spelling/Resting
Racehorses are periodically given a holiday outside of the trainer’s yard to allow for a change of scenery, to recuperate, to recover from injuries, and generally just to be put out in a paddock and ‘be a horse again’. Thoroughbreds racehorses that have undergone surgery require a period of post-operation recuperation. Common surgeries include arthroscopies, wind operations/tie-backs, OCD lesions and bone fracture surgeries. During these spells the horse is given a break from training, nursed back to health, and just given time to be outside, have the sun on their back and enjoy themselves. Even for horses that are not injured or sick, the spell will help renew their zest for racing.  
 
Ready-to-Run Sales Preparation/Sales Consignment
In recent years Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables has taken a small consignment to the TBA National Ready-to-Run Sale in November. At a ready-to-run sale horses are required to put up a gallop for potential buyers to evaluate the speed, action and ease of movement of the horse. The horse will need to be balanced and accustomed to running at full speed with a rider on their back if they are to show off their true potential. Preparation for a ready-to-run sale therefore requires extra training and time on top of the ordinary pre-training above to ensure the horse is at his best. The preparation for consigning thoroughbreds is a meticulous process to ensure that the horse arrives at the sales ground looking a million dollars and ready for inspection.