Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I agree with the above advice. Also, it seems reasonable to me that a lot of comotion, excitement, horses, or people would get her worked up, especially if it is a new place. Just try to relax, and give her as much experience, and time in that type of situation as you can. Soon it will be old business to her, no big deal. It really depends on the individual horse (however old or young), how they will react in stressful situations. Just like different people handle situations differntly.
There is a barn near my place that I often ride to because it is very busy, and the arena is generally very chaotic. I couldn't think of a better way to prep for stressful, busy shows at my convinience. My boy goes there and will just fall asleep in the middle of it all if I let him (though he still gets excited a bit at the shows because there are "new" horses to play with.