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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2019, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hello! I have a 4 year old horse in training and he is scared of other horses cantering and sometimes trotting. He grew up in a pasture with other horses, so he was socialized well. But now whenever he sees other horses cantering (on ground and in saddle) he freaks out. He will keep running around, snorting, and he gets so freaked out that he wonít listen to you anymore. I try to expose him to as many horses cantering as I can but he hasnít been able to get any better. He is my barrel and cowhorse prospect so he needs to get over this fear, but i have no clue how to. I use natural horsemanship on my horse so if you have any good tips for me, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Hmmm...that's what horses do, whether you sit on him or not. If it happens while they are turned out, it looks like a chain reaction: one horse runs, a second later the entire farm is running. To the horse, if a horse is running, it must have a reason for doing so.

A few weeks ago, I took a lesson horse on a cool-down walk around the farm. We walked past a pasture, and the three horses, seeing us, were hauling a**. My horse thought there is something concerning going on and also sped up. Nothing extreme - just a speedy trot which I let him have to the edge of that pasture, but still... Let me reiterate: That was an experienced show-, and current lesson horse. If I had sat on a greenie, I'd really have gone for a ride!

I once cantered along the tree line of a field, when suddenly a deer jumped out in front of us and turned into our direction of travel. My horse turned on the afterburner and -- followed the deer.

My guess is, your horse will always get somewhat excited when he sees other horses running. It'll just become less severe as he gets older and more experienced.
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My guess is not fear of them running but growing up in a herd taught him that if horses are running, he had better do so too and ask questions later. It's the dumb dumb who is going to stand there and say "Hey guys, what's going on?" and end up with a mountain lion on his back. At least that's what he thinks. He's young, with time he should get the idea that he can pay attention to you instead of what everyone else is doing.

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He's a young horse being exciting when others are seemingly excited.

Its important to spend time doing nothing. Bring them into the arena and just stand there, talk to a friend. You just want him to chill and hang out. Do the same thing under saddle. Just hang out. Let him get bored. If they get off track and start getting stupid, bring their attention back on you. Bend, flex, go for a walk, ect. They can look, but not dance.
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If he has that big of a problem with it I would probably tie him in the arena while I worked other horses, and Iíd just ignore him. Then Iíd probably just ride like normal in the arena with the other horses.

Iím sorry I donít have better advice. Usually a colt will worry about it in the beginning but eventually it doesnít bother them anymore.

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Lots of groundwork then walking in saddle alot next to another rider and eventually trotting. When i mention this im speaking of how the racers have their horses paired up before races.. also do this after serious workout so he gotten up a sweat and mind is settled and stimulated . Walking for the first bunch of times then trot ect . Another idea ... maybe you can have a older professional horse relaxed canter on the lunge, Then you bring him to the open area and get him on his lunge.

I agree with the kind of energy apuesto mentioned too.

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