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post #1 of 3 Old 04-24-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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bipolar mare at horse shows

Does anyone have any advice. I have a 7year old mare that is trained western pleasure and when we ride at home or at our trainer's place she does fine most of the time, but as soon as we go to a show she becomes a bipolar %$^^&%^!!! She doesn't listen, she anxious and does her absolute best to she her behind right in front of the judge. We have not went to any shows for the past 3 years due to having babies, but she was shown as a 3 and 4 year old and honestly acted better then.. I have been told its because she is a mare, to training in my usual bit and changing to a more harsh bit for shows, to giving her a mild sedative prior to leaving (not optional). Does anyone have any previous experience that might shed some insight, especially if you have worked through the same situation and made it work for you.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-25-2011, 12:09 PM
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Being a mare has nothing to do with it. I've had geldings that have done the same thing. So basically she showed a bit as 3-4 y/o and then didn't really leave home for several years? You need to treat her like she's a baby again and take her to as many places as you can. Not necessarily in a show environment where you might be nervous or there's any pressure to perform. I'd take her to shows just to warm up and hang out by the trailer. Take her on trail rides. Take her to school at other barns if you can. The more she travels the more she'll realize a show is just another place to be ridden. If she is terrified I'm not opposed to giving a tube of BKalm or Quietex at first just to take the edge off (assuming she isn't showing). It'll give her a chance to think clearly as she learns about being in a new environment.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-25-2011, 03:18 PM
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Take her to as many shows as you can, even if you aren't showing. She needs to get used to being at shows.
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