Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Thoroughbred
San Diego, California, United States
Posted Jun. 16, 2018
If you've ever spent all day stuck in a chair, you know how frustrating it can be. Your legs ache. You may feel restless and anxious. Our horses can feel the same way. When they are forced to stand in a stall or travel long distances in a trailer, they can become antsy.
An antsy horse is a reactive one. Things that might not normally bother them are suddenly urgent matters of life and death. I noticed that when our horses haven't been ridden for a while, they tend to be a bit harder to handle. They don't always seem eager to listen, and they may spook at the slightest thing.
The best thing for shying when they haven't had enough exercise is to get them out and ride them. For horses who are way too fresh, do 15-20 minutes of lunging and groundwork with them to warm up their muscles and let them burn off the jitters. If they seem to be spooking at the same types of things regardless of how much they've exercised, try to do some sacking out to desensitize them to the object.