Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
I only used my tie-down for balance issues. As for the "spazzing" definately take to shows, but don't let him run, AT ALL. A lot of times, I would ask if I could "enter" the class, but not be included for times or anything. Sometimes I didn't even have to pay for the class. But that way, the horse would get used to being on deck, then in the hole which can also cause a lot of anticipation. My friends horse (when she first got it) would absolutely flip out when it was on deck, but the second they were in the hole, this horse would go into this ultra focused mind set.
I worked with a horse that I even backed the entire pattern with. That lasted twice before he got the point.
"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"