Today I set up a shade shelter next to the arena, the flapping tent proved to be a serious worry for Baxter!

Baxter showed his anxious racing day personality, which comes out from time to time and makes achieving relaxation and focus very hard with him!

How to deal with anxiety when riding a thoroughbred?

I have tried the following things to help with anxiety, without a huge amount of success so far:

  • Breathing and relaxing
  • Being firm and clear
  • Attempting to make Baxter stand still and listen to me
  • Walk around and assess the scary object, let Baxter look at it and smell it.
  • Riding long and low to encourage concentration and relaxation
  • Changing movements regularly to maintain (or obtain!) concentration.

What do you do to control anxiety in your horse? LET ME KNOW!

Image courtesy of Horse Training Blog