Nervous Horse, What can I do? HELP

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    11-20-2012, 11:20 AM
Nervous Horse, What can I do? HELP

I have a horse that is very tense, and just won't relax. He isn't really jumpy, but is just always tense and on guard. I don't want to use any calming aids, just some advice on how to get him to relax a little. He is an Arabian gelding, that has very good manners, but just won't relax. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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    11-20-2012, 11:24 AM
Could you describe the situation more? Is this under saddle or in hand or in the field? What are the circumstances of when he's nervous?
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    11-20-2012, 11:29 AM
Whenever you are working with him, he just tightens all of his muscles and will just jump in place at almost everything. When we were trying to teach him to lunge, he would stand there and snort and then either take off trotting, or aggressivly back up! He listens very well, but is just always tense! Like I said, he listens and behaves very well, but is just tense all of the time.
    11-20-2012, 11:47 AM
Maybe needs some desensitizing work. I used to train a TB gelding that was always tense with his head held high. I taught him to lower and relax his headset via pressure and release on the ground first. Then I taught him to lower from the saddle via me bumping my reins. This horse was over 17 hands I'm a tall girl at 5"9 and I never had to use a mounting block till I rode this horse. And him being scared was really dangerous, it wouldn't take much and he would lose it and its a long way to the ground lol. I have a 16 hand barrel horse and I thought he was tall till I met this horse. Putting his head in a relaxed position changed his whole mindset and body, he was two different horses when his head was high and when his head was lowered.
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    11-20-2012, 12:53 PM
Another thing to remember is for you to stay relaxed and confident. If he is acting unusual and he is making you nervous relax and calm down because if you get nervous then he gets even more nervous/jumpy and its a never ending cycle(I have too much experience doing this myself for my own good!)! Good luck!
    11-20-2012, 12:57 PM
Like posted above, do you get nervous when he does this? I find if I have a nervous horse, just lots of pets, get him to lower his head while on the ground and when he licks his lips he is calm. Talk to him or sing, even whistle to get him to pay attention to you.
    11-20-2012, 02:41 PM
Thank you so much for the advice. I don't think he gets much desensitizing, because it isn't my horse!! I will work with him and do some desensitizing. By first things first is I need to get him to release to pressure with his head:) I really appreciated it!! If anyone has any good desensitizing advice I would love to hear it!
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    11-20-2012, 04:27 PM
Does anyone have any good desensatizing exercises I could try?
    11-21-2012, 03:50 PM
Take the end of the lead rope and throw it on the horse, around the legs. If you have a training stick slap the rope on the ground beside the horse, start off not close to see how he handles it........if you do a search on Youtube of Clinton Anderson there is probably some vids of desensitizing there you can watch on how to desensitize a horse....
    11-21-2012, 04:24 PM
Ok, I think I've heard of that, but I will try that!!
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