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post #11 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 01:53 PM
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Yup-take them and go. Honestly, many folks I know take theirs on short jaunts first-get in the trailer, go to a park or a friends, neighbors whatever- walk around, load up and come home. Load them up and go to the store. Make them stand there a little bit. Just a variety of stuff to put some miles under his belt and yours. Make sure you don;t bite off more than you should, and if you cannot do it with confidence yourself, then go for something less. As long as YOU are confident, chances are your horse will be too. You get nervous and he will feed off that. Mine have always stepped on and off everywhere like they have always done it-even though sometimes it may be a situation that makes me nervous and I have to keep myself in check. It should always be a positive experience. For both of you.
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post #12 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 01:54 PM
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If you are nervous, he will pick up on that and act accordingly. You need to think that everything is "old hat, piece of cake".
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post #13 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 04:16 PM
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Best way is to take him to the show

My horse had never been shown when I got him (although he was a 7 year old at the time and is pretty laid back to begin with). When I took him to his first show, I just entered a couple easy classes, with the plan that I could scratch and just school him in the warm up if it looked like things were not going well. Fortunately, things went (mostly) pretty well and we didn't end up scratching and now just a little over a year later he's just as laid back in new arenas as he is at home.
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post #14 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 04:26 PM
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No matter what you do there still has to be "a first time". Make sure you have well trained methods of getting his attention. Then take him to the show, and find out how well your trained method of getting his attention works.
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I do what the US Cavalry did--buddy up green horses with experienced ones and let them observe while you work. Every horse will spook at something you forgot to expose them to, so you work every time so that your horse pays attention to your commands and disregards the other stimulations in his environment. THAT is what keeps a horse from bolting when you're trail riding--he listens to your cues to turn, circle, stop, back up, or side pass, and forgets the scary stuff.
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post #16 of 23 Old 08-08-2013, 12:03 AM
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I took both my 3 year old horses from a quiet environment to my trainer's at a very busy stables next to a busy road and an international airport. I visit them often and watch them stand quietly as cars, trucks, motocycles, joggers, baby strollers and kids riding bikes, emergency vehicles with loud sirens pass by, not to mention airplanes and helicopters over head. Kids are always swinging ropes and running around them. They will be there for atleast 6 months. I hope they will be sane after their training is finished!
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-08-2013, 12:39 AM
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Totally agree with everyone here. I took my 2 year old out to shows and just did in hand classes and showed her around the place. Now shes 3 and this show season shes kicking it like a champ.

A little suggestion, do not put him in situations that you *think* you cannot handle. Not worth it, at all...Coming from experience. (;
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post #18 of 23 Old 08-08-2013, 07:37 AM
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Take him to shows when you aren't showing is how we do it.

That way horses get used to most things.

But you can NOT get them exposed to every single thing out there.

Good handling, a firm leader and your attitude goes a lot further.
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-08-2013, 08:57 AM
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Agreed - you cannot expose your horse to everything, which is where your training and leadership comes in. My filly was tied up after my ride last night, and as I was walking back to her after putting my saddle away, a big plastic shopping bag blew towards her. I told her to whoa and stayed calm even though I was **** near panicking inside and anticipating her setting back and freaking out. The bag blew under her belly, and she had her ears tipped towards it but knew I'd said whoa. She didn't move an inch.
I've exposed her to plastic bags and stuff, but no way had prepared her for one blowing and rolling right under her. I was very proud of her!
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post #20 of 23 Old 08-09-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I usually don't get nervous about anything. He gets excitable when it comes to other horses, he won't really act up, he just wants to go and say hi, and might whinny now and then. He likes to play with plastic bags
I wanted to know if i had to have Coggins and everything done first before i took him anywhere? He's got almost all of his shots just no blood work or anything yet. Would that be a requirement just to take him and stroll about the place?

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