I have just started ( 4 times) participating in CMS and would like to train my horse(s) since I am using someone elses horse. He is a great teacher but I would really like to get started on training my own horse too. Actually I had planned on using my 14 yr old bulldog type QH as I thought he would be perfect but when I took him to watch a practice his reaction really surprised me. He was nervous and the longer the event went on instead of adjusting and calming down he just got more upset which is not like him at all. I have gotten him some ear plugs that I will try but I am afraid that he might not be a good fit for the sport. I plan on trying my other QH who is 16 hands, 7 yrs old but still a little green as he was pastured many years before I got him. He was trained a little for WP and I have only used him for trail riding. However at the practice he stayed very calm tothe point that I actually let someone ride him at the last shoot even though he had never done it before. I realize now that it was stupid for me to let the guy ride him since Zip had no experience at all but I thought because it didnt seem to bother him at practice that he would be okay. Actually they did not do bad but that was because the guy who rode him was able to shoot well while riding a crowhopping, rearing horse.
I have some ear plugs now and would like opinions as to your thoughts on who I should try -My old faithful Jack or my kinda green Zip
And would appreciate any suggestions on training. I think that it is not only the noise but the smell of the powder and the balloons busting that makes it hard on them.
Do any of you have any experience with this type training? I would appreciate any input.