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    09-04-2008, 02:37 PM
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I am a new horse owner I have owned horses before but not for 15 years. My friend has lots of horse and sold me one he is arabian he had not been riden in 2 years and he came to live with my friend I bought him in February and took slow. We do good in the saddle, but he is a little jumpy when we get away from the barn. He spooks at everything. I am relaxed. When we are in the arena he is really good he dose what I want he to do I need help.
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    09-04-2008, 04:24 PM
Can you ride with anyone else? Might calm her down a bit.

Also riding at a working trot might help as the horse has less time to think
    09-04-2008, 05:18 PM
You could also try some ground work - walk him in hand around outside of the barn and away from it. Get him used to other sights/sounds, where you are in a reassuring role on the ground. In the arena, work on "de-spooking" or desensitizing him. Bring in plastic bags, tarps, etc. and get him used to foreign objects.
    09-04-2008, 05:42 PM
Good thoughts, sorry Him, not Her :) just be careful when using scary tools, I have seen horses and people get hurt doing this if the horse is really spooky.
    09-04-2008, 11:11 PM
Maybe try working him in the arena a bit first so he not so exciteable and then just do a short walk everday. You have to work out if he is afraid or just being exciteable.
    09-05-2008, 12:14 AM
I do ride with other people and he acts the same way. I was talking with the person that boards him and she said lunge him ride him and if he acts up lunge again to claim him down .

Thanks for the help, Kristin
    09-05-2008, 12:26 AM
I think magik had a great idea..but I would introduce scarey object outside the roundpen (with horse in) first...then get closer as the horse settles. The last thing anybody wants is to be in a roundpen with a panicy horse
    09-05-2008, 10:24 AM
Clinton Anderson has a good Youtube video about trying to despooke a horse. It is basic ground work, but there are some helpful videos there.

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