Originally Posted by QHDragon
I have honestly considered looking into those calming supplements, anybody ever used something like that?
Anybody have any advice for taking a slightly ADD and nervous horse to a show and not having a total melt down?
Is your horse currently sharing a pasture with a buddy?
No stay away from supplements, it's going to mask the problem. He can get better it's just going to get some getting used to it and taking him everywhere. He must have not been anywhere growing up and now it's being an issue for you.
The fix for that is to take him everywhere with just the two of you. It doesn't matter where, preference tho would be shows since it's where you plan on going. I see you said you don't have a trailer so it's going to be slightly more difficult BUT you can still do it. Stick to one on one brushing time, grazing time. Take him out and away from his buddy(s) when you go riding or for walks.
To me this shows that your horse does not see you as a friend, or have that bond where he can trust you because he gets upset when he is moved away.
I had that issue with my first horse. She was an older mare who had always been around other horses. Since having her, I have worked with all my babies so that none of them have ever been herd bound. You could take any of them anywhere and they were always happy, calm and content.
It's a hard behavior to break, but you can do it-it's just takes a lot of time and patience. It will not be an over night fix.