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post #1 of 5 Old 02-23-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Advice pleeeaaassseee. Mare funny at shows

We had our show this past weekend, and during the first class, Love Story was absolutly awful. She overjumped almost every jump, and wouldnt listen when I asked her to slow down, or turn.

The jumping thing may have been the bright poles, and new atmosphere and enviroment, but Im not sure, cause we go to alot of different places for practise, and jump the "scary" jumps, with the bright poles, flowers etc.

The whole not listening to me may have been excitement...

If that is the case, any tips on how to keep her calm, and also any tips for her overjumping?

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-23-2010, 10:08 AM
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I know the horse I use to lease acted up because I was nervous and excited, so your feelings will affect the horse right away.

You yourself take big breaths and just walk her in circles staying as calm as possible. Sometimes singing helps the horse be calm too. =]

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I have to agree with BJW. Most likely your mare was feeling that you were nervous and that caused her to act differently than she does at home.
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I have never tried this but a friend of mine swears by it. She puts a small dab of lavender oil at the base of either nostril about an hour before the show. Apparently it has natural calming qualities that works for people as well as horses. Just a thought to ponder.......
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-23-2010, 04:33 PM
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I know the horse I use to lease acted up because I was nervous and excited, so your feelings will affect the horse right away.

You yourself take big breaths and just walk her in circles staying as calm as possible. Sometimes singing helps the horse be calm too. =]
I'd have to agree. I took my mare to her first off-farm show as a four year old and she couldnt sit still. I was trying to be calm, and I had no behavioral problems or over jumping, but she's half saddlebred and her head was straight up and she was trotting uber fast. Lots of practice, a cool head, and training has rid her of her show nervousness and she's nice to ride. I agree with the singing thing. Leia loves it when I sing to her. She even has a few favorite songs! lol When she gets nervous or upset, I sing, she mellows down.

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