Hello everyone. I'm about to start competing again with my mare, at regional and breed show level here in Italy, after an almost 4 years break caused by a terrible lameness. She's amazing, nice gaits, doesn't touch a pole in the trail and has a very nice topline, her only problem is that she's spooky. She's now 15 and started her show career at 7 I think, she always competed in the same places, she walked in those arenas many times, there's nothing very new to her. But she always acts like she sees the places for the first time. I know she did parelli things with her old owner, he tried everything but nothing really worked. She's always alert but the good thing is that she's still in control, she can still work normally etc, but of course doesn't looks nice to the judges and in this way she doesn't even show half of her potential. It happens that she spooks when she hear the speaker talking, or when she walks close to the stereo with the music, or when she sees judges moving papers etc..there are always different things but nothing in particular. The crazy thing is that she may spook at a piece of paper on the ground, but once a big white tent flew away from the ground and she didn't even move. I was thinking about using earplugs at least, but no one uses them here and I would like to hear someone's experience with them. I've spent a lot of money to have her healthy and ready to show again and I can't wait to enter the show arena for the first time in 4 years, but 'd really like to work on this issue, so we can have the best experience and have fun. Showing is very expensive to me, so I really wish to have the chance to compete without coming back home disappointed. I would really appreciate your experiences and advices on horses like this! Thanks!