05-31-2010, 04:21 PM
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Kathryn, no offense, but can't you just lease a different horse? As far as I know there is plenty of all different barns in Maryland you can find a really nice horse to lease - well trained and without any issues. :)
The spooky one is a pain in butt to manage. I mean yes, you can deal with it and work on it (mine is BUT she's mine so I can't just go to the different horse, I have to deal with what I have), but if you want to lease a horse to learn something (like jumping/dressage/reining/whatever) you don't want to pay really for training that horse not to be spooky. Not to mention it may shy and dismount you on jump. Ear plugs do help, but to me it's pretty ridiculous to use ear plugs all the time in the arena. I know people use them on big show jumping, but I've never heard about using them on regular basis. Same with calming agent - despite all stories about magical change of the behavior I've never seen a horse who would go from fire cracker to bombproof "i don't care" type with those supplements. It may take some edge off, but the spookiness will be still there.