Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
I love Corporal and Saddlebag's suggestions.
If all else fails, you could do what we did with the mules when I rode them for NASMA.
They knew when they were showing and when they werent. When they were showing, they would be complete butts when riding Western. Trying to drag us into the center of the ring, slowing waaaayyyyy down, turning left and right, getting on top of horses, etc.
They only did this because they knew that we were showing, and wouldn't get after them. Obvoiusly, they would never do these things at home because they would be punished for it, and they knew that.
What we ended up doing was taking them to a very small show, that wasn't recognized or anything. A schooling show. We got in the ring, and they exhibited these bad behaviors. Because we weren't worried about going for high point or placement, we corrected them and stomped their little behinds for being so naughty! We didn't place in any of the classes, but we went home with a valuable lesson. From that day on, they never screwed up in the ring. When they did, we would make sure the judge wasn't looking, and check them as best we could. We did very well afterwords.
That is kind of a last-ditch method, but it does work. Sometimes they just know when they can get away with it, and when they can't.
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