Alright, I train barrel horses, I run successfully, and get enough business that I'm overwhelmed at times, but when it comes to my own horse, I get nervous. I guess I feel like I've got a reputation to uphold and my own horses should be perfect. The thing is, my main gelding is a solid little horse, he can turn and burn like nobodies business! Little kids run him and he is calm the whole time. I teach barrel lessons on him and everything. I take him to our local arena sometimes just to get him out of ours and he still runs perfect. When it comes to shows though, he's a wreck, and I think it's because I get so nervous. A kid on his back, he walks in calm and walks out the same way. I get in his back and he tries to run right out of the arena, act like he's going to jump a fence or whatever it takes to get the heck out of there, and running home, his whoa command goes out the window. Anywhere I'm not nervous or not at a run, I say whoa and he hits the brakes and slides, at a run, he won't calm down until he's out of the gate. I can't figure out if he does it because I'm nervous, or I get nervous because he does it.
I started him on vita-calm last week and plan on doubling his dose the day of like it suggests. He has no pain, teeth or other issues.
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