Calming Aids..in a conundrum here :)
How do I start this :)? I am feeling guilty at even contemplating the use of a calming aid but I am beginning to think it might be a good idea until my horse gets some more exposure to the show atmosphere and different circumstances under his hooves. While he isn't explosive he does tend to look, a LOT, at things that change. For example, our outdoor arena went from a dressage arena, to a jumper arena, to completely cleared in three weeks time (shows on the grounds) and in all three cases I spent 30 minutes with him dancing and snorting and doing some great upper level dressage moves (not on cue) until he finally settled and actually got to work. I am not taking the easy way out in his training and doing things like only riding inside on windy days; I am putting him into as many different situations as they come up to get him the exposure.
In the first show he was defnitely up but not crazy about it, at least until the chanisaw started up, and even then again it was just some dancing around.
Would it be a good idea, or would they even help, to use a calming aid, I have used Quietex in the past but someone mentioned the B-Kalm paste, just to take off the edge until he gets more time in show situations? A this point we are only working schooling shows but I have my eye on some licensed shows in the fall.