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Cowgirls Boots 05-14-2012 10:54 PM

Getting a horse use to shows?
 
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Okay well I would love to start bringing my mare and gelding for a couple outings at local shows just so they can get the feel for it before hand so if we ever decide to show it won't be a nightmare the day of the show.

I'm not worried about my gelding once we work on his loading skills but my mare is a different story.

My trailer is a decent sized 2 horse straight load gooseneck. In a perfect world it would be a bigger 3 horse slant but hey, it's not. :wink:

My mare was a kids short stirrup pony who use to show alot and jump, etc. She was in the trailer when a drunk driver hit it and she lost her eye. And I was told that the trailer was a two horse straight load so im sure it brings back some memories.

I was told she loaded absolutely fine in a livestock trailer (go figure) but when we came to pick her up from where I got her it took about 15 minutes to load her and she did okay. We had to move the divider over and coax her in a bit but she walked on fairly good dispite her whole accident ordeal.

We picked her up 3/4 hours away from home so she was in there for that long. She worked herself into a sweat and was only picking at her hay in there..she was also with her buddy in the trailer on the way home so I'm sure that calmed her nerves a bit. She wasn't bad but a bit nervous is all and when she unloaded off the trailer she was anxious to get off but wasn't bad.

Now my thoughts were to start taking her on little joy rides around the block to get her use to the trailer again and start slowly making them longer and longer and once she is fine with that then maybe bring her to a show for an hour or two?

Any suggestions welcome :grin:
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spurstop 05-15-2012 11:46 PM

Since she is missing an eye, she is probably struggling with getting in the small compartment of your trailer.

If it's dark inside the trailer, that could be part of the issue. I would either continue working with her in this trailer and add lights if needed, or find a trailer that she is able to load in.

Don't *****foot around showing. If the horse has shown she should be fine. I don't understand the mentality of introducing things at a snails pace. Go for the day or at least half the day if it is for you to get comfortable, but 1 or 2 hours is not even worth the fuel to get there.
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Cowgirls Boots 05-16-2012 01:41 PM

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I wouldn't call the trailer necessarily dark. I mean there are windows that I leave open that being in sunlight. I plan on working with her anyways with the trailer.

I'm just worried that at the show she will be loud and have a royal freak out. (she has them from time to time....)
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Skyseternalangel 05-16-2012 08:23 PM

Cowgirl.. if you get there really early before there are any cars, get her out, march her around the entire show grounds so she gets used to everything. Then tie her up with lots of water and a couple hay bags, that will do her a world of good. As people start arriving, she'll be there to witness it all and she can cope with it.

Just be careful about stress, if in doubt give her some alfalfa pellets or cubes before you go to reduce chance to ulcers.

Best of luck

Leahrene 05-23-2012 07:16 PM

^ As said before. Just show her everything. Thats what ive been doing with my horse. He hasnt been shown for over a year.


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