Just looking for a little advice / reassurance! I have a 7 yr old Arab who I am restarting. He was started in 2013 but hasn't done any 'proper' work since. He is a lovely, friendly, kind, intelligent chap, but also can be highly strung, sharp and he is a sensitive character.
At the moment he is developing a bit of a habit of exploding the minute (literally!) we get in the menege - galloping, plunging, bucking - the full on rodeo show - with me basically hanging on for dear life at the end of a 30ft line! Once he's done this for a few minutes, I feel like he's had an adrenaline dump, and then he's a different horse! Calm, listening, enjoys himself... He is very much what people like to call a "typical Arab" in temperament (I must admit I hate using that term as I've had perfectly chilled out Arabs before, but he kind of is!!) and finds things VERY exciting.
My concern about that a) this will develop into a learned behaviour and he will do this whenever we go into the menege and b) this could eventually translate into ridden work.
Do you think the more he does he'll just grow out of it and not have so much adrenaline? Any tips for keeping energy and adrenanline low at the beginning of a session?
I thought I might start taking upto the menege for his feed (for example), and then going back to his stable, just to break the association?
Thanks in advance for any advice or insights!!!