I always talk to him, he loves listening to me unless something's going on (car passing, people coming, strong wind blowing), he's still very cautious about everything unknow to him that's going on. He'll always be very relaxed and trusting halfway through our walks but then a bird flies off a bush or something else happens and he spooks, then it's a very big problem to calm him down again as all he thinks about is "home, home, home, NOW". But we're working on it and I can say he's much more relaxed generally than some time ago, he would not go away from the stable unless accompanied by another horse back then. Now I can take him on halter and a lead, he's still watching everything around and expecting things to happen (you know when you expect something's going to happen it then frightens you even more) but he will go where I want him to go with his "ok I will go there but if something unexpected happens I'm going to freak out" face on
I sincerely hope he didn't understand a word of what I was telling him the very last time I walked him around the fields, he was especially wary, he watched EVERYTHING, people in the far distance, stones on the ground, corn stalks moving in the air, I had a hard time keeping calm myself (he usually only
jumps but when something scares him a lot he tries to run home) so in sheer despair (that day he really acted as if I'd been out with him for the first time ever) I spent the whole time describing to him VERY explicitly how various things are going to eat various parts of his body in various kinds of ways... It wasn't anything really pleasant
I was keeping my voice very calm and sweet just as if I was telling him what a good boy he was, only the content was something one wouldn't be too happy to hear
I must say when we came back to the stable I was giggling a lot.
I believe the pasture is going to help him with many issues he has now, he doesn't know rain, winds, he's not used to objects moving (stones rolling, branches in the air, birds, hares, deers,... He once got scared of a stone he kicked and rolled off the road. Well, everything a horse that has been out regularly knows he hasn't seen it before. I think we're on a good way to get him a good therapy to become a loving, reliable, strong horse that I believe he is inside, only never had the opportunity to show it
And so that we don't turn this thread into me complaining about Max related stuff only (I'm sorry for overloading it), tell me, how did you teach your horse such an awesome spanish walk? It's stunning! He listens to you and you can tell he's having so much fun. It's almost looks like he's saying "Let me show you some more! How about this one; a good one eh?"
He's enjoying working with you a lot. I was thinking about doing something with Max to teach him to concentrate, he gets distracted so easily. So maybe you could give us some tips, I'm not hoping for a super clear spanish walk, I just want to show him that when I ask him for something and he will listen to me, concentrate and try, everything will be much easier. Once he stops thinking about all those ghosts around that are not actually there things will be much better.