Are you stressed out? He could be reading into your energy.
They know when you're breathing is regular and calm, and they know when you're not breathing and that can scare them.
Focus on being calm and cool.
It may not solve it all, but it won't hurt.
Tie him, lunge him, bathe him and ride him in the warm up pen, for HOURS if need be. My first show on Skippy I think I rode for 2 hours before our first class and then for a couple more after. He settled very nicely and I think will be fine this year, but he was pretty wound up for the first time.
Oh we rode for a while. He just got so out of hand because he couldn't be next to the horse we brought with him that I had to get off and lunge him. I lunged him for at least 45 mins. I'm just going to have to keep working with him and taking him places by himself so he will see that he isn't going to die. :/
Show is over. Finally. Went on for over 12 hours. Proud to say that my Arab I took out of the pasture this morning after a month and a half without riding placed 2 3rds and a 4th. The only bad things he did were not back up straight once (swung his rear end out) and he broke out of a trot once because he was interested in a person on the side lol but it was only for maybe 3 seconds. Unfortunately it was also right beside the judge! :(. But he did very good! Not one crazy incident. And they say Arabians are crazy lol. I think the judge also wasn't a fan of Arabians. And she did not wanna be there. She was kind of rude and it was an apha approved show. I had the only Arab there. So next time we are showing at an Arabian based barn and see if its any different. Posted via Mobile Device
Hisangel only - lunging a horse for 45 min does nothing for the horse except make him more fit. If you get angry, leave him alone. This horse doesn't see you as offering him any security so he attaches to the other horse. It is natural for him to get upset when away from it. In the wild, horses warn each other should a predator be lurking. There is a way you can instill more confidence in him but it takes time and patience. He can learn that leaving the other horse has it's own rewards.
Before you go to shows, I think you should find an arena to practice in. Try keeping him against the wall at all gaites youd like to perform at a show. Once he's okay with that, bring other horses into the arena with you. See if he's okay and focused ONLY ON YOU! If he's focused on other horses, he will not do his best at a show. Teach him how to listen to you by correcting him when he looks at other things or doesnt have his ears pointed at you or forward. He should eventuLly get used to other horses. Also, trail riding with one other horse or alone could help !
This issue huas nothing to do with him being a race horse or a barrel horse he is buddy sore I would do lots of riding off by himself and keep him in a seperate pen from the other horse for a while Posted via Mobile Device