building confidence on the ground
All of my horses (Other then Riley - my 3 year old) are older (10 - 25 years). Riley is a very well behaved young man but he is only 3 and on occassion, he does what 3 year olds do, mostly on the lunge line, you know, a buck or silliness. Pistol is my tallest horse, as a youngster he was around 15.2, his withers are level with my nose. I think he's shrunk over the years and probably around 15 hands now. The rest of mine are 14.3 and 14.2
(I'm not counting Sierra, she's 5 and probably 15.3 but has a very old soul and with her walking horse heart, she'll never misbehave).
ANYHOW, Riley doesn't misbehave very often. He's over 16 hands, I havent measured him recently but I can not see over his withers anymore. They are above my head, I'm 5'2 ish.
My issue is that at shows, on the ground, I get really nervous. I am not an inexperienced person. I think it's Rileys pure size that is bursting my confidence on the ground. I'm used to handling horses that I can see over. When I walk beside Ri, I can't see anything to my right. At home he walks just behind me but at shows he's up, just enough to walk with his shoulder next to me. At home, he walks with his head level with my head. At shows, his head is much higher. I get nervous when he bucks on the lunge line at shows, not at home. He never is aggressive or aims at me. He is just being a baby. When I tack him up and I'm on him my confidence is much higher. But I've always felt better on the horse then on the ground, like I know how to react better on the horse then on the ground.
What types of excersizes can I do at home to build my control and confidence? His behavior is really good at home so I can't really practice reacting to situations but maybe I can do showmanship patterns or something?
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