Sammy hauled out to a photo shoot for the first time yesterday. He did great getting in to leave home and haul out and to come back home but after 45 minutes of walking around on a halter and lead rope when we got to the new place he was still so nervous and distracted at this new arena that it took 3 people to help me bridle and saddle him. He just wouldn't stop dancing.
Are there any natural aids I could use that might help next time? We have shows coming up in October-February and I'm hoping that an hour of stall time before we start tacking will be good for him to calm down but if it isn't will a large dose of rescue remedy help?
I'd prefer not to drug him on ace and rompin (sp?) or something like that. We have to do a small dose to get his back feet trimmed (long story). But are there any natural products that might just calm his nerves at a new place. Once I'm on he's totally fine but until then he's a nervous mess.
Some of his nervous antics and he did yesterday and he did some of the same things when I first bought him too:
Wiggled his lip and nickered repeatedly
Violently bobbed his head really high then ground touching low
Ears as far forward as they could possibly get, eyes HUGE
Prancing in place while eating from the hay bag
Butt bumping the trailer
Snorting A LOT
Excessive pawing as soon as he was alone and screaming
He refused to line up to the mounting block so I had to stretch and get on from the ground. I rode him around for about 10 minutes without my stirrups since they were too long to adjust while he was exploring but after I was properly positioned he calmed right down.
The pictures of his jitters actually came out pretty well. The photographer said the end result was "fantabulous" and he'd get me pictures as he got them done.