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Ask Cedric Triolet : My horse is terrified of indoor arenas... he has not had much practice in them but every time I show in one he refuses every jump... Do you have any tips?

Ask Cedric Triolet : My horse is terrified of indoor arenas... he has not had much practice in them but every time I show in one he refuses every jump... Do you have any tips?
Hi Gabrielle
Do you have an indoor home or in a stable close from you ? Because the best thing you can do is to first get him lose in a indoor for as long as you can with some food and water in it so he can relax and see that there is no danger in it for a week, and then starting working flat and then poles on the ground in it , once all those steps (who will take around a month) are complete, you can start jumping small and grow progressively and he should be fine if he only refuse when indoor.

Cédric