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    08-28-2010, 12:15 AM
Green Broke
Probably true though luckily its worked for all the horses at our barn.
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    08-28-2010, 05:01 PM
My vet said rescue remedy leading up to the show will be fine. Let me clarify if he is the only horse in the trailer he is just fine when he gets to a new location. If there is one other horse with him he gets so attached in the trailer that he doesn't want to leave the other horse. And when the other horse leaves he is so distracted and nervous it takes forever to calm him down. The shows he is going to he will be hauling with caleigh. The vet has said to use rescue remedy before and when we get there And to separate them when we get there. He will be fine it will just take some practice. Sorry if there are spelling errors And stuff I'm on my phone right now
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    08-28-2010, 05:17 PM
Green Broke
The owner of the horse I lease gives him this stuff: For-A-Flex Lazy Days -

Majic was much more of a basket case than your horse sounds like, but this stuff really helped take the edge off without changing his personality or making him act drugged. It's also pretty cheap!
    08-28-2010, 06:06 PM
I'll talk with Denise and see if I can set up trade for hauling so I might be able to get him our more before the shows. As for shutting down no he did not I know what he feels like when he shuts down and this was not anything like that. His eyes softened his ears were alert his whole body relaxed and he listened great. When he shuts down he shakes and is frozen until he is some how removed from the situation. He shuts everything out holds his breath
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    08-28-2010, 10:13 PM
Around here alot of folks use" Calf Calm" for horses that are all stressed out, jittery, etc before shows and barrel racing. Most feed stores carry it, its natural and its used for cattle before shows also.
    08-29-2010, 03:10 PM
I'm going to stop by the feed store tomorrow (they're closed today) and see if they have some calming supplements. I saw some I think a month or two ago but I wasn't looking for it, just happened across it. If they still have it I'll give some stuff a try and see how it works.

I also noticed that on Thursday me being calm but keeping a firm hand on him on the ground seemed to help (not fast enough but it helped). Everytime he'd start to prance when I walked him around I'd say in a quiet low voice that he was ok shhhh you're fine and give him scratches on the shoulder (that's where I come to on him when I'm walking). When I talked his breathing slowed and he'd stop prancing and doing his little jig. So to me that means that being a calm person helped in a bit and brought him back home where if something scares him he hides behind me. (he's a baby in his head).
    08-29-2010, 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by drafts4ever    
As for shutting down no he did not I know what he feels like when he shuts down and this was not anything like that. [/siz
That's good! Illustrates why this medium's not the best for particular advice, as you only have the words that are written to go off In your first post, lacking in details about exactly where & why the horse gets stressed, it sounded to me like he just wasn't used to - or therefore up to going to shows, etc, because the whole affair stressed him out so much. But it seems your later posts are saying that's not the case & it's just his sep. Anxiety with the other horse? Also sounds like he gains confidence & security when you're riding?

Perhaps he's less sure of himself just with you when you're not onboard(which I find is opposite to most horses) so it would pay to work on your relationship with him on the ground, so he feels secure with you & you're a really Good Thing so you can distract & calm him better?
    08-29-2010, 09:35 PM
Yes. He seems to be calm when I'm riding him and talking calmly to him. He needs constant reassurance which I can give him and I'm thinking at the show I'll have plenty of time to lunge him and talk to him and get his stress energy out. He will be able to see caleigh from the stall but they won't be side by side. I'm also going to use a little calming something for when we get there since it will be very busy before the show. Sorry my original post wasn't as informational as it should have been. He responds well if his handler is confident and if his handler is at all nervous or excited he multiplies that by 10 and freaks out. I think it's a number of things put together. He will be hauled alone to the Halloween show and since he won't have a horse with him to attach to he should be fine. In November through February he will be hauled with caleigh and separated as soon as they are unloaded. It's a learning experience for both of us it will be trial and error.
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    08-29-2010, 09:43 PM
This is also the reason I'm very picky with who handles and works with him. I know I can control him and bring his attention back to me but unless it's my trainer or two other select people no one other than me handles him.
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    08-30-2010, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by drafts4ever    
This is also the reason I'm very picky with who handles and works with him. I know I can control him and bring his attention back to me but unless it's my trainer or two other select people no one other than me handles him.
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This is good and bad. There may be a time that comes up where someone else will need to handle him and you don't want them getting hurt. My boy is the same way. He's good with me and the BO, but someone else, who gets intimidated by his size and he loses confidence and will sometimes freak out. So it's good to get others to be able to handle him as well.

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