Double D wrote:I've had trouble with a few different horses....maybe it's me! But a few diffrent things work with different horses and you have to try them all and see what works for you. My old mare got worse and worse at first she just needed another horse to walk up beside but in the end she needed to be led by another person on a horse. She was awesome in the arena so I dealt with it, awe I miss riding her.
I try to warm my horses up and stay off them as long as I can. My one horse can stand and be held the other I have to walk & walk by hand she won't stay still. I do this just to keep them as relaxed as possible. I was reading an article of Kristie Pederson's last year and she mentioned that she always heads to the arena with her opposite hand on the reins. If she goes right first she has her left hand on the reins & vice versa, she keeps her hand low and stays relaxed, wow this simple little bit of information has helped me a bunch. I walk up to the arena with my oppostie hand on the reins, low almost on their neck like I'm headed out for a walk in the pasture (your body has to be relaxed too, weight on your butt, not leaning ahead in the go position, sitting back with legs realaxed opposite hand low and relaxed). At rodeo's I do still with my one mare walk up with another horse as often as I can just simply b/c she takes off too early on me.
Another thing to check might be ulcers, I wish I had checked that on my old mare, cause I know how much she loved to run barrells and couldn't understand the stress she would cause going in the arena, I think now it may have been ulcers.
Another godsend is Rescue Remedy, it used to practically put my mom's gelding to sleep until it was time to run. Good luck finding what works for you
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