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post #11 of 13 Old 07-17-2009, 02:14 PM
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Well, i had the exact same problem. Only, mine because show sour persay.

Try doing listening techniques. Such as bending. Pull the horses head to your toe and make him spin. Pull and release pull and release. Eventually your goal is to get the horse to keep its nose at your toe on a loose rein. This keeps the horse's attention on your and gives it something to think about. When you do this, donot pull out on the rein pull up towards your hip. Once the horse has its nose where you want it drop your hand to your knee. And repeat. After millions of times doing this you will be able to drop your hand to your knee and the horse keep its nose at your toe. Once your ready to switch sides drop the rein out of your hand and keep one hand on the rein on his withers. This should relax the horse aswell. Do this exercise with both sides, but make sure you keep forward motion while doing so! Thats important. Once your horse gets good at this try transtions out of the bending. Bend your horse to the left, drop the rein, one hand them and make them go right into the lope or jog. Then grab left side of the rein and bend them around to the left right out of the lope or jog. Mix it up. Keep your horse thinking. Eventually your horse will be happy and willing to work for you. Also when you are standing still, it helps to bend. Bend your horse to the left and right to keep him occupied and such. If your horse wishes to dance around instead of standing let him. Just keep reminding him whoa. And eventually your horse will relax and stand for you. Once your horse decided he wants to stand leave him a loose rein. If he begins to dance once again. Bend, again. Its alot of consistancy but i find when you have a unsafe horse that your having trouble controling this is a lovely exercise to get the horses mind focused on you and relaxes not only the horse but you too. It sure helped me a ton. It corrected my horses "show sourness" 100%. I hope this helps. Goodluck.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-18-2009, 05:14 PM
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If she is doing this only at shows, then it is probably a nervous reaction; she knows the trailer is a 'safe place' associated with home, so that is why she wants to return there.

Perhaps take her to a couple of shows and just walk her around on lead, perhaps pony her around, if you can. That way she can get used to being in a different setting like this without being too stressed out. Then the next time, you go, just ride her around, but not show. Maybe trailer to show grounds when there are no shows...I know for our horses this has helped greatly; you can't always expect every horse to take to showing really well, without desensitization.

I also agree with the putting her to work when she gets antzy...trying to keep her still will only frustrate her, and can actually cause the rear to happen; if you can keep her feet moving, then ask her to stop and relax after a bit of work, she will eventually learn that standing still is okay.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-21-2009, 08:51 PM
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It's interesting, really. Allegra does pretty much all of this at home. If I'm not letting her near another horse she'll refuse to move, I try to enforce her more and she'll rear. Ehem. I happen to have that one horse that /can/ run with her head bent to your knee - it's wonderful until I made her move in circles with her head to my knee...That helped a bit.

But anyways, I just find it slightly interesting that, while "my" mare behaved very well at the show with just one or two rather small problems, it's totally opposite with your horse. I can't really say anything new : everyone has pretty much got anything and everything I would want to point out. I'd just try to go to a few shows and get her feeling relaxed at new places. We have a mare at our barn that hates going anywhere new. Eventually we started taking her to shows with us and just kind of jumping on her and walking around for a few minutes...Then we'd go home. Once she got the sense that she would end up back at home she was fine.
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