Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
lol, is your horse related to mine? My fellow "Jigs" during our hacks, and especially when we are out Fox Hunting. It's because he is super excited, very happy, and wants to go, go, go :) He works himself up into sweats and lathers as well - and believe it or not, he's 21, turning 22 on the 23rd of April.
Nothing works for me, so I just sit quiet and I don't fidget with him. If he wants to jig, then fine - he can jig. But he's a Senior and you can't teach an old dog new tricks. If he were younger, I would work with it.
Asking him to walk and when he walked I would praise him and give him a reward by releasing. When he would merge back into jigging, I would repeat until he figured that walking was what I wanted.
I tried this, trust me. I did - but it didn't do diddly squat, lol, just made it worse. So I discovered with my horse, if I just sit quiet and left him alone, it didn't progress into anything worse, and he was happy.