Tips on getting young horse used to the "scary warmup ring"?
My young horse did his first H/J show this weekend, and even though we were really careful he still came a little bit unglued in the warmup ring. Any tips on how to get him used to the chaos? What we did this weekend was just pop in and out at moments when it wasn't very busy, then let him come out and chill for a while, then go back in.
Any other ideas or is it just a question of patience, patience, patience/mileage, mileage, mileage?
Time ! And being totally relaxed with a pattern.
I really like to flat the warm up ring different than home . I start off trotting and then alot of transitions and change of direction.
SPEAK UP--- I let people know oh not so close she is young. Especially the passing head to head.
I have had some in the warm up ring try to see if I brushed my teeth!!!!
My young one is awesome now but it takes again time and patience .
Just throwing this out there...
Perhaps getting a horse used to a scary warmup situation starts when they are babies. Socialize them a lot with other horses.
I have a colt right now who doesn't get turned out with all our other horses (just a few adult geldings, he's the only foal here now) but sometimes he's allowed to wander around the barn to meet others across the fences and in their stalls. Hopefully this will help him not worry so much about strangers later in life.
My other horse was in a big herd situation as a youngster at two separate farms, and he is fabulous around busy warmups full of strangers. I can't remember ever having him in a busy chaotic ring before he started horse showing, but he is really unflappable when it comes to other horses zooming at him, passing, etc..