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post #1 of 9 Old 02-17-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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how do you help a horse to be less nervous?

my horse,valentin, is a very nervous,jumpy horse.even just for a trail ride with noone but me,&the horses he lives with&whoevers riding them,we think its because hes blind in one eye,but hes always been pretty skiddish.I was just wondering if there was any ideas(or if its even possible)to help him be less nervous?he's 19 and hes always been rode&hes been blind in that eye for years,if that helps you all
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Be confident!

The more confidence you have, the more confidence you'll inspire your horse to have and a confident horse=a less spooky one. :)
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its not that i think hes scary,or dont trust him or anything,im fine on him,its just that whoever im riding with,it freaks them out,i personally didn't think he was so bad untill today&it just seems to be getting worse
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Be confident!

The more confidence you have, the more confidence you'll inspire your horse to have and a confident horse=a less spooky one. :)
its not that he scars me,or i dont trust him,because i do,but he just seems to be geting more nervous everytime i ride,and even just walking around the property he stays on&its starting to scare the people i ride with
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Well, what I'd do would be lots of desensitizing to possible 'scary' things. Also, before I started riding my mare I would take her out in hand and walk around the property, up and down the roads and generally around where I might ride her in the future. I'd pony her off another horse if I could.

I'd just take her out for little 'walks' until she was totally calm and cool with being in those areas/leaving home/going down roads and whatnot.

It helped get her very comfortable with leaving the property, the roads, all of that stuff. Not sure if it'd really help your guy, but it might be worth a shot. :3
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do the other people ride on his blind side? maybe no one should be on that side and if riding in the field keep his good eye on the rail maybe would help.
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Other people have no business freaking out over your horse. Obviously he's fine, and their perceptions of his behavior PROBABLY make it worse. I speak from experience. If I'm confident, my horse is confident. If I'm confident and then someone says omg he spooked!! HE'S SO BIG OMG then he starts getting riled up and he starts dancing and spooking more, at barrels at leaves flying, at me sneezing or coughing.

But what you can do to help, is have these people help brush your horse or whatnot to help THEM get over it.

And then do some simple head lowering exercises, releasing your horse's jaw via a finger in the corner of their mouth. Massaging the muscles along their neck and back (not the spine though.) Do take him for little walks and sack him out to things to build HIS confidence up.

Don't let other people frighten your horse.. horses are so quick to pick up on emotions, that's probably a big part of your problem.
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Well, what I'd do would be lots of desensitizing to possible 'scary' things. Also, before I started riding my mare I would take her out in hand and walk around the property, up and down the roads and generally around where I might ride her in the future. I'd pony her off another horse if I could.

I'd just take her out for little 'walks' until she was totally calm and cool with being in those areas/leaving home/going down roads and whatnot.

It helped get her very comfortable with leaving the property, the roads, all of that stuff. Not sure if it'd really help your guy, but it might be worth a shot. :3
thanks i deffinatly will try walking him around:)
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Other people have no business freaking out over your horse. Obviously he's fine, and their perceptions of his behavior PROBABLY make it worse. I speak from experience. If I'm confident, my horse is confident. If I'm confident and then someone says omg he spooked!! HE'S SO BIG OMG then he starts getting riled up and he starts dancing and spooking more, at barrels at leaves flying, at me sneezing or coughing.

But what you can do to help, is have these people help brush your horse or whatnot to help THEM get over it.

And then do some simple head lowering exercises, releasing your horse's jaw via a finger in the corner of their mouth. Massaging the muscles along their neck and back (not the spine though.) Do take him for little walks and sack him out to things to build HIS confidence up.

Don't let other people frighten your horse.. horses are so quick to pick up on emotions, that's probably a big part of your problem.
thanks,i never really thought about that,but it makes alot of sense,i will deffinatly put them to work:)haha thanks
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