Getting Young Horse Ready for First Show?
Hi! So I just started working with the cutest little 6 year old mare. She hasn't really been paid much attention to at all, but she really does seem like she wants to learn. She w/t/c with me, but she only gets her lead in one direction and we need to work on that, and she's done a few little cross rails, but we're going to really work on that and her balance issues this summer. Her main problem is though that she is very easily spooked, and from how little contact she has received in her life, she really doesn't know much about how to act around people, other horses or "scary" situations. There is a 3-day show for my 4-H group this summer in July and I think it would be so much fun to take her as a project horse. I'm pretty sure there is a green horse category, but the problem is, I'm not sure if she would be ready to go. If I was able to go, I would probably bring her to a little, low-key show before we went so she could get a bit more used to it. Does anyone have any ways I could get her more prepared to go? And good balance exercises, as well as ways to get her going on the correct lead in her bad direction? Do you think she could even handle going to the show?
Thanks so much!