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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2012, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Horse spooks at many things

I have been riding this horse for the owner so she can stay in good condition. When another person is riding in the ring with us and they are doing larger jumpsand the horse I am riding will spook everytime somone is doing a jump. Also she spooks when the wind blows and if the branches on trees move and little bit also she doesnt like when leaves fall in the ring. But the worst is that there is a house next to the ring and the backyard is facing the ring. The people have kids over and have trampolines and a swimming pool which freaks her out . There is a tall fence so she can't see it but can hear all the noises from the back yard. How can I decrease all the spooking that has been happening?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-23-2012, 02:58 PM
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Could the horse not be scared but just have too much energy to burn? When my horse is very spooky it's because he has too much energy trapped in his poor little Arab body.
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I have a very reactive Arab gelding, who has a wicked 300 mph sideways spook.

I'm going to suggest to you what was suggested to me. Ear pomms. It's not the sight of things that spook her, it's the noise. Pomms will deafen the sound, and she'll be less reactive.

My gelding wears them every time I ride him now, and they've made a world of difference.

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yeah I definetly think loud noises scare her also she has a lot of energy cause she hasnt been ridin by anyone in a month, so that can be a factor of her spooking constantly. But doesanyone know why she spooks when people are jumping their horses cause it makes it hard to ride with others. I dotn understand why she does it cause she is the most expirenced horse at the barn with shows and used to being around other horses.
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It could be a variety of things, but a lot of it has to to with noise and the fact that she's under utilized. She probably has tons of energy, and just needs to be worked more.

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thansk for the help I am going to try to lunge her more to get some energy out but I hate lunging her cause she charges at everyone who tries to lunge her.
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Hmm, sounds like she has attitude issues as well. If she belonged to me, we'd be having a few Come to Jesus meetings!
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One thing that helps spooky horses is to get (and keep) their attention focused on YOU, not the scarey object. This can be done by asking her to do different movements every few strides - trot to halt, wait 3 seconds, the trot, leg yields, changes in direction, etc. Trick is to not perform one "movement" for any length of time. Also turn her head to look at the scarey things while you turn your head in the other direction AND keep her mo0ving forward (even if it is forward and sideways at the same time). .
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One thing could be not enough work, she got too much energy and she's looking for things so she can have an excuse to have a bit of a spook or a play.

What I found help when riding and they feel like they are going to spook is talk to them. Your voice is powerful and if you use it the correct way can be exteremely helpful. For example when riding some babies up the hill, a house across the road has a dog that barks and barks alot and spooks them. When I see the dog I start talking and get the horse to remember that Im still on top. All I tend to say is things like 'hey bubba, alright bubba, just a doggie. Its okay bub.' Just over and over and over. You may feel stupid for saying stuff like that, buts its better then just sitting there and letting your horse spook.

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One thing that helps spooky horses is to get (and keep) their attention focused on YOU, not the scarey object. This can be done by asking her to do different movements every few strides - trot to halt, wait 3 seconds, the trot, leg yields, changes in direction, etc. Trick is to not perform one "movement" for any length of time. Also turn her head to look at the scarey things while you turn your head in the other direction AND keep her mo0ving forward (even if it is forward and sideways at the same time). .
Pretty much this. Some spooky horses use spooking as an excuse to derail their attention from work so the best approach is to keep them focused and moving forward. Also don't let the horse sucker you into the mindset of "Omg she just spooked" or "she might spook." If she spooks put her right back into work instead of dwelling on the spooking.
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