Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
My horse will sometimes do that too, took me years & a different riding instructor to make that spook look minimal. It's all about getting your seat deeper, maintaining lateral and shoulder control. It's a long series of various exercises that I cannot explain in a few paragraphs. But a few things that will help you is to get to the show early and ride or longe in the arena beforehand if you can. If your horse does spook during a class don't tense up, sit deeper, relax so the horse can feel your confidence and ride through it. In other words, don't react to his spook and tighten the reins & legs, just calmly ride through it, sometimes spooking is an evasion. Also if your horse is spooking at other horses coming behind him, passing him, take group riding lessons & ride with others in the ring on regular basis.
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