How to Fix a Drama Queen?
My mare is afraid of an open door on one side of the arena because a couple weeks ago, they left the arena dragger there.. So for the first few laps or so, she'll shy away from it, crane her head to gawk at it, etc. She's part saddlebred, so she does the arched head, prancy-prance, and nose snort. She's not afraid of it, she's just a twit. I was wondering what specific exercise would help her shut up and keep moving?
What I do already is:
I bend her to the inside, give her a good strong inside leg, smack her shoulder if she gets ridiculous, circle around there until she shuts up, and rest there often.
Is there anything else I could do?
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