Off The Track

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, documents the re-training of Ideal Guy, a Standardbred harness racehorse. The Training Principles

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 10 (Final): The Training Principles Welcome to the last article in the Unharnessed Potential series, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career.  Throughout this series, Alistair McLean has documented the entire re-trainingRead More →

Alistair McLean main trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, re-trained Andy, a Standardbred harness racehorse from track to hack

Welcome to Part 9 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career. The previous article marked the completion of Andy’s re-training, according to the shaping scale he reached ‘proof level’  which is testingRead More →

Alistair McLean explains how to retrain the Standardbred racehorse for a second career off the track. The first outing.

The First Outing. Welcome to Part 8 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career. In the previous training article, Alistair explained introducing and training the lateral movements. This month, Andy is readyRead More →

Standardbred Track to Hack Series Part 7 Training the Lateral Movements

Training the Lateral Movements Welcome to Part 7 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career.  In the previous training article, Alistair explained some exercises to refine the canter response and the introductionRead More →

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse. Refining the Canter and Jumping

Refining the Canter and Jumping Welcome to Part Seven of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) is documenting the re-training of ‘IdealRead More →

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse. Consolidating the Basics

Consolidating the Basics Welcome to Part Five of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) is documenting the re-training of ‘Ideal Guy’ (a.k.aRead More →

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse. Under Saddle

Under Saddle Welcome to Part Four of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) is documenting the re-training of ‘Ideal Guy’ (a.k.a Andy),Read More →

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse. Backing your horse

Backing your horse. Welcome to Part Three of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) is documenting the re-training of ‘Ideal Guy’ (a.k.aRead More →

Alistair McLean with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse. Ground work

Ground work. Welcome to Part 2 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre is documenting the re-training process of ‘Ideal Guy’ (a.k.a Andy),Read More →