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freaked about the indoor
It's Jan here in New York as well as everywhere else. I have a show coming up with my horse in an indoor and my horse doesn't really like them. The last show we went to was in the middle of December in an indoor and he freaked. Started sweating, pacing around, huffing and puffing, etc.... So i brought him outside the arena and just kinda walked him around and he was fine still snorting and huffing and puffing so I figured he doesn't like being in an indoor. So my question is how can I get him over this? I brought him back in after he relaxed and it just started again so we just ended up leaving so he didn't have to go through it again. I put his cooler on him when we got home b.c he was sweating bad but, he didn't work at all, we were just waiting for our class.
My question is.... Has anyone ever experienced this? How can I prevent it from happening or how is there anyway I can help him get through it?
If you have access to an indoor when there's not an event going on, bring your horse in work him on a long line. He'll probably fly around like a lunatic for the first 15 minutes or so, but once he begins to settle down, start working with him by changing gait and direction often. He needs to know you're there to be a leader and manage the situation. Be very careful to keep you own energy calm. If he's a complete snorting nut job, just keep it at a walk. Once you see signs of relaxing, (lowered head, licking lips, blowing out not like a dragon) reward him with a soothing voice or some pats. Whatever you do, do not let him leave the arena while he's in flight mode, or else you will re-enforce his fear. End it on a calm, good note. I've done this a few times and it works very well. Good luck.
Thanks!! :D Sadly I don't have access to an indoor arena and no one around my area owns one. So I am kind of stuck in a dead end here.
Crap. Would this venue let you trailer in for an hour or so to let you school him there? A lot of horses have this same problem. I almost think barns in the colder climates should do clinics on this stuff since it's so common.
Sadly no, I already gave them a call and there are no outside horses allowed. I asked them even with proof of coggins and shots and they still said nope so, I'm out of luck.
Yeah, I'm going to go to the barn that I usually do schooling shows at b.c they always love to hear suggestions esp if it has to deal with clinics and see if they'll run something. Although, they don't have an indoor either.
Any other opinions would be great though :D
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