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Keeping a horse calm at a show

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        03-19-2011, 07:52 AM
    The only disadvantage of taking a companion along is that the more you do it the more you are just covering up the problem your not really fixing it, there will be times when you can't take another horse with. Also alot of horses get more worried about where their buddy is rather than what you want them to do. Oh and being a mare doesn't help you any, I don't know if this is true in your case but I know that some mares come in heat (or show signs of it) when you haul them the first few times because of all the other horses, which doesn't help at all!
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        03-19-2011, 09:04 AM
    Remember to BREATH! If you are tense, chances are the horse will be too! Even if a horse has a fit, that's okay, take a breather correct the horse, and move on. I try and act like it's just another day.
        03-19-2011, 08:32 PM
    Make sure you give your horse a good schooling session the day before the show. Then when you get to the show, arrive early so neither one of you are stressed out. If your horse is comfortable lunging, lunge to get any excess energy out then get on and go to WORK. Don't play around, talk, just work. Once your horse is concentrating on you, I like to take them for a walk around the grounds then back to clean up. Then back to the stall or trailer for water and hay. They stay tied up until it is time to work again (with hay in front of them) so they can zone out and relax. Then get on, warm-up while WORKING, then go do your classes. It is okay to keep them moving between classes. My been there/done that tb still has to move between classes. Only needs a 10minute warm up but he won't stand, but my other horse will. Each horse is different. And I don't like companion horses. If the other horse is there to show, then great, but do NOT buddy them up. This will create separation anxiety issues which will make everything worse than before. Best of luck to you guys. I can't wait until next month when I get my baby out there.

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