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    03-20-2012, 09:29 PM
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New Mare Afraid of Arena's Announcer Stand

So today I found out my new mare is afraid of the announcers stand in our arena! Yayy! Before I got her she had only ever been used as a ranch/trail horse then let out to pasture for 2 years and not messed with much. Plus the fact that she's only 6 years old but with 2 years off, has the maturity of a 4 year old, so I can see why she is spooked by the "scary" announcers stand. After she jumped 5 feet to the left and bolted when attempting to pass it, I got off her and led her by it on the ground and did groundwork excercises by the area she spooked. I would inch closer each time we would pass it again until she eventually didn't spook at all and seemed to have forgot she was ever afraid of it. At that point I got back in the saddle and walked her past it again and she was back to her old shananigans, so I circled her and got her feet moving in that area just like on the ground. Not much progress after that today, but I know it will take some time. So I guess my question is am I addressing this issue correctly? If so, anything else I can add to the routine? And if not, what should I be doing instead? Thanks in advance :)
     
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    03-20-2012, 10:11 PM
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There are two very effective ways to deal with this problem.

If you have the skill and the confidence to stay on instead of get off (score '1' for the horse), you should go back and forth always turning toward the announcer's stand. I have gone back and forth past some scary thing for more than an hour many times -- maybe 100 times or more -- until the horse gives it up and is tickled to stand there quietly resting. Then, from that time on, that would be the place I rested and that would be where I went at the end of every ride. I would stop there, rest, dismount, loosen the girth and lead out. That would become the place the horse wanted to go (instead of the gate or the barn like many horses.)

The other thing you can do is to tie the horse at the announcer's stand -- for hours if it is available. I might even bring a bucket with the horse's feed in it and hang the bucket there.

I hve used both ways with good success for many different things.
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    03-20-2012, 10:13 PM
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Welcome to my world!!! I've had a few horses do this, I just kept on riding, blew the class (it was blown anyways) and worked in the area by the announcer's booth & came back in there during warm up and stood under it. The nonsense stopped quickly.
     
    03-20-2012, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
There are two very effective ways to deal with this problem.

If you have the skill and the confidence to stay on instead of get off (score '1' for the horse), you should go back and forth always turning toward the announcer's stand. I have gone back and forth past some scary thing for more than an hour many times -- maybe 100 times or more -- until the horse gives it up and is tickled to stand there quietly resting. Then, from that time on, that would be the place I rested and that would be where I went at the end of every ride. I would stop there, rest, dismount, loosen the girth and lead out. That would become the place the horse wanted to go (instead of the gate or the barn like many horses.)

The other thing you can do is to tie the horse at the announcer's stand -- for hours if it is available. I might even bring a bucket with the horse's feed in it and hang the bucket there.

I hve used both ways with good success for many different things.
I didn't even think of getting off for groundwork as a reward for the horse at the time, but that makes total sense now. Great advice I will try that, thanks!
     

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