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post #1 of 4 Old 11-13-2007, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Acting up when alot of horses or people are around

I just got Sheba about a month and half ago. She was pretty good for the first 4 weeks and my first and second lessons went very well on her. My trainer rode her also and decided she was calm enough for me to ride by myself. What I can't figure out was she was in heat and there were three other people(horses too) in the arena and she seemed ok. This last week however I was in the arena and just got done lunging her for 20 minutes when everybody else started showing up and a trailer arrived. She then started acted up and the best way to descibe it is acting young and stupid. She is usually quiet and very attentive. But all she wanted to do see what everyone else was doing and forgot I was trying to ride. All she did was trot and not stop. She did stop after a minute. So I lunged her a bit more but another person in the arena who was told to give me room didn't and I decided to take Sheba out before someone got hurt. She was also having some issues about breaking a tie when waiting for her hay in the pasture. She has only done that once. Another thing is she won't come or let me catch her in the dark but I believe it was because her previous owner never tried. So I guess what I would really like to know is this her way of getting to know a new place or testing who's boss or both? She seems to do really great when it is quiet. My only other guess is when her previous owner took her to shows he was really nervous and tense. He said her only took her to the really big shows in our region. He seemed like a tense person and maybe she got use to this and figures that's what it is going to be like now.? She is only six years old. But I have met very calm three year olds also. Thanks for your help. Mia
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-13-2007, 08:18 PM
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If her attention leaves you, ask her to do something that requires her full concentration, like going over poles, up and down hills, changes of direction every half circle, transitions, backing up, going sideways, going around trees etc. Don't just lunge her in circles. That's the worst thing you could do. Don't be aggressive about it, just act very casual with it.

One thing you might want to try as well are the Parelli 7 Games. That'll be interesting for her.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-14-2007, 01:09 AM
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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.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-14-2007, 11:30 AM
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^^ I agree 100% :)
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