Preparing an easily excited/spooky horse for show season?
So my guy can be a little spooky and can get easily excited at things out of the norm sometimes, such as trucks driving by the bushes next to the outdoor ring while we're riding, or seeing other horses in the distance.
I want to start showing him soon, but I need to know how to prepare him for all of the things that will be going on and all of the new things he will be exposed to that I can't expose him to prior.
There will be a TON of horses everywhere, in the rings, warm up rings, out on cross country.
Trailers will be going back and forth, horses loaded and unloaded, trucks and cars pulling in and out.
There will be tons of dogs on leashes running around.
Concession tents for food and such. Voices over the loud speaker.
We may have to ride on grass rings/rings that aren't usually used at the barn [so rings we've never been in]
I'm going to be nervous, because at every show I get nervous, it's a performance thing, similar to stage fright. I just get a little nervous, but my horse senses the slightest bit of nerves and feeds on it.
So ladies and gentlemen what can I do to prepare my guy for all these new and out of the ordinary things he will be seeing when I start to show him? Because I really don't want him to be a bomb on show day :P