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post #11 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 03:39 PM
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Your horse is plain scared and he's telling you every way he can think of. Try getting there early and walking him around. Stay with him if you get a stall as you are all he is familiar with. Walk with him, stop, back a few steps as calmly as possible to get his attention on you and offer him a treat. Practise this at home so he learns that when he's calm a treat is forthcoming. Do it under saddle as well, gradually stretching the standstill time. This can become his calm down movements.
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 03:46 PM
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I still think that "giving your horse a heart attack" vis a vis CA is what your horse needs.
Perhaps a trainer is what YOU need.

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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
Nobody wants a tired horse at the show, but you can't get an obedient horse at the show without the work done at home. It's just like raising kids, when it comes down to it.

I agree but at a show a horse like this has adrenaline pumping - it needs to be worked out!

I would rather have a tired well behaved horse for a few shows than one that is messing around. As he gets use to the atmosphere so he will settle.
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
A horse can trot ALL DAY. Work on cantering exercises. REALLY get him so winded that he won't to pick up the canter, THEN walk him cool for 30 minutes. THEN, tie him up, untack him, and let him stand for a few HOURS. When I trained an OTTB to do Reenacting, I took him to an event and I worked circles, figure-8's, cantering, riding through streams, etc. on his first weekend. HE was exposed to a LOT more stimulii than yours is being exposed to. By the end of the Sunday afternoon battle, all he could do was walk. He was safe around gunfire and cannons after that.
I still say, he's green. I put more than 1,000 hours under saddle/year on ALL of my horses when I had them in my lesson program. We trailered them everywhere and took them trail riding.
One person cannot duplicate this, so you have to train smart. I would also work the heck out of him whenever he spooks at anything as a punishment for not thinking and not listening to you.
We make too many excuses for our horse's bad behavior, but it is bc we put up with it. I watched Julie Goodnight's program filmed last winter, and she was working with the owner of an 8yo super calm Haflinger mare. Her only problem was backing straight through an obstacle. THAT mare got that way bc she was worked and worked and worked and worked and worked and worked and worked--correctly.
You can tolerate some problems in your dog that you should NEVER tolerate in your horse, who is 10x your size.
Get online and look up Clinton Anderson, and his method. I think this will help you. =D
Thanks so much for all this information! I'm definetly going to work him REALLY hard like you said. It makes alot of sense. I love Clinton Anderson's method! That's how I started with ground work and stuff thanks again
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