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[RC] dealing w/herdbound/barn sour older horses? - Joslyn Seefeldt

Hello: I recently joined this list and have been enjoying reading the questions and posts. Pardon, if this topic has been discussed over and over, but - I have a 22 year old 3/4 Arabian that I would like to use for competitive trail.  I only began conditioning him 2 weeks ago. I train on a 2 mile loop around a field.  Yesterday, he became extremely agitated to the point of almost dumping me when the other horses we were riding with went out in front of him. We were on the last 1/4 towards home.

My biggest concern is how is going to react at a ride? How to work through this?  I do have opportunities to ride with other folks, but do quite a bit of riding alone.  Any comments appreciated.

By the way, I took my 6 year old Paso to a novice competitive trail this past weekend and placed 3rd. Had a great time!

Thanks for all the great posts,