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  • How to get my horse to quit spooking in the indoor arena
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    04-18-2012, 02:38 PM
  #11
Weanling
People, I don't think you understand, but my horse IS trained, I can ride on the trails or on the side of the road literally all day on him, and he'll still lope figure eights or run a pattern for me at the end of the day. I can get him to back, go through all his gaits, side pass, trot a circle and make it bigger/smaller by using legs only, ect. In the pasture, my round pen, or in a regular uncovered arena. I had my trainer ride him in my lesson a few weeks ago, and we switched horses, and I found out he was knew way more than I thought, and he was trained to do a lot of things, I just wasn't giving him the right signal because he was taught a little differently than any of the other horses I've ever ridden. I can get him to do all of things with or without the use of spurs or a crop.

I don't know anything about this horse's owners before the lady I bought him from, training, or riding experiences. I only know that the person that owned him before me had him about a year, rode him in only an O-ring snaffle, didn't hardly ever trailer him anywhere, and only did a little riding around her house and in her pasture. She was a good rider, and knew a lot about what she was doing, and had three other mares he didn't get along with, and she sold him because he was lonely and pastured alone, and didn't get used enough.

It sounds like I led you to thinking he always acts like this, or that he's completley dangerous , hyper, and way too much . He's not.
     
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    04-18-2012, 02:47 PM
  #12
Banned
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Originally Posted by TexanFreedom    
I wish I could take my horse to shows, playdays, and clinics, but I have one problem; my horse acts up, won't focus, and gets very edgy, jittery, and tense in indoor arenas. He is so intent on looking around and spooking at the slightest noise and looking at the bleachers, equipment and setup out of the ring, that I can't even get his focus on me. He almost ignores me.

Usually when we get there, we'll walk in and get to warming up by just walking around the rail for about 5 minutes. This is when he looses focus. Right away, he get's tense, becames alert, his head goes up, and while we're walking around, he thinks he sees something, and wheels away and either trots or lopes away from whatever spooked him, whether it be a trashcan, a barncat, or a shiney doorknob. I can't keep him from running back to the entrance and of the arena. We'll be walking around the rail, I keep as calm as I can, (but I have to keep on my toes in case he decides to try to turn and run) and he'll stop for a quick second, look around, and try to turn back (Sometimes he sees something and spooks and shies away from it, and tries to run away before I get a hold of him). He'll do maybe a quarter turn, and I can get a hold of him, and try to get him to move forward again, but with head held high, snorting and acting nervous, he usually won't budge, and tries to turn back many times while I attempt to make him go where I want to. Usually he is the least tense, if at all, down at this end. This is where the opening is, and all the parents and trainers are over here on the rail by the gate talking. Beyond the opening, there is a parking lot. On the opposite end it is the worst. He often tries to turn around and run back to the other end of the arena. In the back half of the arena he spooks often, and is always tense.

I was at a playday a few weeks ago, and we were waiting in the barn on the side of the ring for our names to be called for the next event (which I believe was poles). He was standing calmly, and almost half asleep, Then our names were called, I knew we were going to have to take it slow, so I walked in there as calmly as I could for his sake, yet I was holding my reins tight in case I needed to. He walked calmly for a few steps (not even to the poles yet), so I kicked him into a trot, and about halfway up the poles, he out of the blue tried to turn back, and he got himself almost all the way turned around before I reached down and pulled him in. When we got to the first pole, he trotted around it, then stopped and tried to run(we were now headed towards the 'safe end' of the arena), but I stopped him, and tried to make him back up hoping it would make him think about me and not his surroundings, but he completly ignored me, and kept his head up and alert, and wouldn't move. We went through the rest of the pattern with most of the same patterns, stopping and trying to turn back.

Please help me, I am at the end of my nerves, and I have had to quit going to the show barn because of this. It is very flustering and embarrassing to me, and he never behaves in there.
Is this a gelding??
     
    04-18-2012, 03:09 PM
  #13
Started
You got to be the herd leader, plain and simple. First, I would warm him up by lunging him in the indoor. Let him get all the spooks out, whatever, just at the end of a rope. Put a chain on him and nail him one whenever he looks to the outside of that circle and just let him deal with that excess energy.

THEN I would do ground control. I would do casual circles, hip disengagements, TONS of hip disengagements, and pivots to get him off of you and listening.

Then I would get on and just stand in the middle and do MORE hip disengagements. I would do hip disengagements, lateral flexing, I would do circles, I would do anything to get that hip and that head in your direction. I would tire this kid out. Trot figure eights, do anything as long as you are doing something.

My horses listen up real quick once they realize that I mean business and that it's worse to not focus on me.
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    04-18-2012, 03:54 PM
  #14
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by TexanFreedom    
It sounds like I led you to thinking he always acts like this, or that he's completley dangerous , hyper, and way too much . He's not.
How dark is the arena? Perhaps he has issues with his eyes?
     
    04-18-2012, 06:11 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by TexanFreedom    
People, I don't think you understand, but my horse IS trained, I can ride on the trails or on the side of the road literally all day on him, and he'll still lope figure eights or run a pattern for me at the end of the day. I can get him to back, go through all his gaits, side pass, trot a circle and make it bigger/smaller by using legs only, ect. In the pasture, my round pen, or in a regular uncovered arena. I had my trainer ride him in my lesson a few weeks ago, and we switched horses, and I found out he was knew way more than I thought, and he was trained to do a lot of things, I just wasn't giving him the right signal because he was taught a little differently than any of the other horses I've ever ridden. I can get him to do all of things with or without the use of spurs or a crop.
But not inside the arena?

Well has your trainer rode him in the arena?
     
    04-19-2012, 08:46 AM
  #16
Showing
Texan, When correcting a horse's behaviour, he does not make a connection between his action and your reaction the first time. You need to work him hard at the gate a second and third time. During the second time he is starting to make the connection but it's not wholly formed in his mind. By the third time most horses have solidly made the connection. Some horses, the slow learners need a fourth. When you work him at the gate he should be puffing and asking to stop. The reverses of direction are more tiring for him than just small circles. Always turn him toward the rail. This has it's benefits as it makes him collect. Your first time at the gate will be the longest, the others are usually much shorter. No matter what you are correcting, remember 3.
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