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post #1 of 13 Old 10-18-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Calm down!!

So, hopefully the farrier will be coming out tomorrow or Saturday to fix the shoes of the gelding I'm now leasing.

And then.. I get to take him to the last local show on Sunday! YAY!

He's a 9 yo OTTB. He gets kinda highstrung and whatnot. A buck or two at the canter, just wants to go go go go!

This is what I do to calm him down

We do lots of circles, figure eights, direction changes, imaginary serpentines, lots of transitions to keep his mind busy.
If he bucks, tries to run off, other naughty things, We circle in and circle out at the trot and the continue on.

Anything you guys do to get your horse to relax?

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-26-2012, 09:53 AM
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Does doing circles help? My former lease horse was an 8 year old OTTB and I never found anything that helped calmed him down after riding him for almost a year. So just curious to see what worked for you!
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Try withholding his supplemental groceries two days beforehand and increase his hay if he's inside. Try to spend as much time as possible with the horse at the show as you are all he knows. You don't have to be fussing, if you have time just read or rearrange your tack, pick his stall. This helps the horse more than a lot of people realize.
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My horse can be extremely tense and nervous at shows. This is due to lack of exposure but he's getting better. I find that directing all my attention at him aka not letting myself get distracted helps. Having a quiet confident manner also helps...I am the leader and he looks to me for how to behave. While we are warming up I often will talk non-sense to him or softly sing. It calms me down and so also calms him down. But sometimes the only way to get a horse to be relaxed and calm at a show is to take him many, many times;)

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-27-2012, 01:34 AM
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Try withholding his supplemental groceries two days beforehand and increase his hay if he's inside. Try to spend as much time as possible with the horse at the show as you are all he knows. You don't have to be fussing, if you have time just read or rearrange your tack, pick his stall. This helps the horse more than a lot of people realize.
I can not stress enough how bad of advice this is. This is the worse idea ever. NEVER hold a horses feed before a show. This not only throws their routine off, which can make them more stressed and anxious, but it can lead to colic, ulcers and a whole pile of issues that are not worth it for a horse show. I just can not stress enough how bad it is for a horse to pull their feed for a few days before a show.

What I do for my hyper horses is lunge them. I don't mean just throw them on a lunge line and chase them in circles. I mean lunge the horse like you would for a school at home. I make sure I keep myself calm as the horse feeds off the riders energy level. I try to keep a routine. I don't hang out on my horse just standing and watching classes for a half an hour before the class. I don't tack up and get on until I need to, then I make sure I go straight from the warm up ring into the show ring.

Lots of circles, spirals and transitions. Making sure as a rider I am not tense in those transitions because that encourages the horse to get sticky which leads to mini explosions in the ring. Just stay nice and quiet and relaxed.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-27-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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the show was last Sunday.

I was very proud of how well behaved he was! Luckily we got there early enough to school in the ring. He was pretty focused until he would start answering the other horses' calls!

He ended up being so calm, that I took him into a barrel class!! haha, it was really fun!

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NB, I don't know and could be wrong, but I read that as avoiding giving them the 'extra' stuff. The stuff you feed them that you don't really need to but they enjoy. My pony gets corn in his feed cause he likes it - that sort of thing. Or excessive treats or anything. That's how I took it, but don't know if that's what she actually meant. But I don't know whether or not that's what Muppet really meant.
Though I agree with not making big changes suddenly
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NB, I don't know and could be wrong, but I read that as avoiding giving them the 'extra' stuff. The stuff you feed them that you don't really need to but they enjoy. My pony gets corn in his feed cause he likes it - that sort of thing. Or excessive treats or anything. That's how I took it, but don't know if that's what she actually meant. But I don't know whether or not that's what Muppet really meant.
Though I agree with not making big changes suddenly
If thats what was meant then thats okay. I didn't think of it like that because I don't feed anything that isn't needed. I don't add treats to feed. So there is nothing to pull from the feed. Which is why I read it as "pull their feed and only feed hay".

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-10-2012, 03:00 PM
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I go tluck my horse never gets excited like that
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