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    04-21-2014, 12:44 PM
She will slow work all day at home or I I take her somewhere and practice she will listen but at a show she does this as soon as I ask her to step in a ring but at home she will walk in and out of a ring all day long with no fuss. The horse has never been Taken to show until I got her
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    04-21-2014, 12:47 PM
Your OP says she has been shown? What you described doesn't sound like a horse who was at her first show.
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    04-21-2014, 12:50 PM
She was never shown until you got her?

Can someone please link the video. If it isn't slow work you may have started her too fast. She could be blown up.
    04-21-2014, 12:55 PM
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It's the show atmosphere, I'll bet. I rode a mare that did the same thing.
Take her to small shows and either keep her in hand or just walk around. Make sure she's calm outside the ring with other horses, THEN move to exhibitions or normal classes and do slow work (walk/trot, no loping or running). As she gets more comfortable start to push her a bit out of her comfort zone but not enough that she blows up.

If you can't do this yourself use to experience or any other reason, get a trainer or stop trying to show her. Either someone messed her up or she just doesn't have the mentality of a show horse.
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    04-21-2014, 01:04 PM
Originally Posted by Aesthetic    
She was never shown until you got her?

Can someone please link the video. If it isn't slow work you may have started her too fast. She could be blown up.
Here is the link to the "slow work" Star slow working the pattern - YouTube

And here is the show one where she is completely out of control.
    04-21-2014, 01:07 PM
This is what I see.

Sorry to be blunt but IMO she is no where near ready to run.

She isn't on the correct lead, sitting, or bending. She is running on hard ground in the "slow work" which is actually her cruising the pattern.
She is not ready, her training doesn't seem there. She hasn't been taught to use her rear, bend or flex in her turn, or switch to the correct lead around the barrel.
    04-21-2014, 01:08 PM
I wouldn't show this mare.. There has to be a reason she sat in a pasture three years, and this is probably it. She prob was shown, did this a few times.. and they tried to fix it with out success. She just may not be show material. Her training is not there.
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    04-21-2014, 01:11 PM
Also it seems like the reason she may be running off with is because she simply isn't ready. You're pushing a horse who isn't ready to be pushed and who doesn't show that she's had the training to be pushed.
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    04-21-2014, 03:10 PM
Whats the fastest you have taken her at home?
    04-21-2014, 03:28 PM
My guess, without all the facts, is that this mare was run on barrels previously by her old owners. She was blown up on the pattern (due to pain, or the rider, or who knows what) and then put out to pasture for 3 years so maybe she would "forget" that she blows up.

Now the OP has purchased her and is trying to run her at shows, and the blowing up problem was never fixed.

That's my guess.

If that's true, OP you may never break her of this. Some horses can be retrained, and others cannot.

Can you contact her old owners to find out the true story? Was she already blown up and that's why she was turned out to pasture? Do you think they would be honest about it (and not lie)?
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