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post #1 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Alternatives to "Acing" my barrel mare :)

I have an 8yr old mare that i just bought. i was unaware until i talked to a different previous owner of the horse that she needs to be aced at shows because she "can't handle the commotion going on around her!" YIKES! i wasn't ready for that.
I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about anything i could use for calming her that isn't an actual sedative? or training tips on how to get her exposed to that without getting hurt. she runs awesome and doesn't buck or rear, just won't go near the gate.
any help and input would be appreciated here :) thank you!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 06:53 PM
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Try to get her used to the sites and sounds of a show while you are safely at home. Play a load radio, use a mega phone, have a few friends with horse come ride with you. This way you can control the different stressers and make them go away if your horse gets too over whelmed. Once she is solid at home with all the different sounds and movments (try everything you can think of to get her used to it.) take her to a show where you are not showing her. Just walk her around let her get used to it, if she acts calm then ride her around with out compeeting. Let her get used to everything in a slow and controlled environment.

"It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" ~Nicholas Evans
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 06:55 PM
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I guess Basically what I was trying to say was Desensitize her to everything you can think of at home where you can control it first. Balloons, loud noises, buzzers, other riders, people walking around, etc.

"It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" ~Nicholas Evans
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