Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I just want to chime in that I LOVE Cherie's advice because as the owner of a mare who is ONLY herdbound at shows, I know how absolutely futile and even dangerous it can be to try and "ride" it out of them. We were recently at a show last weekend and had no access to a round pen and even worse, it was hotter then heck out.
I used the same method lives2hope suggested with dismal failure. Absolutely ALL I accomplished was making my horse learn to BOLT forward as she flung her head up wildly every time she screamed because she knew I was going to wallop her and make her canter. This just escalated into her slipping on the grass in panic, absolutely DRENCHED with sweat in 40 degree heat, and still screaming and freaking out. We'd reach a point where she'd work nicely for 30 seconds and I would reward her and as soon as I rewarded her, she'd scream again. I ended up tying her to the trailer where she threw an ENORMOUS tantrum, nothing I have EVER seen from my utterly docile and quiet mare before, smashing herself into the trailer, pawing furiously, screaming and hauling back and finally reared up so high and threw herself so hard into the trailer that she snapped her halter and went tumbling to the ground.
Of course, I CURSED that I wasn't smart enough to bring her rope halter however that will be EXACTLY what is happening at the next event. I fully intend to locate a little rodeo close by that my best friend wants to compete in and Jynx is going to stand tied in her rope halter all freaking day long until she learns how to behave.
Best of luck - I know exactly how infuriatingly frustrating this can be. And the worst part is that often, you flat out CANNOT get their attention no matter how much you beat, cajole or beg them to behave. I think Cherie has extremely sound advice because a horse in THAT much of a panic is a danger to you and to himself. Let him throw a tantrum on his own until he figures out its a waste of time.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.