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        03-29-2013, 12:59 AM
    I had a young gelding that would spook at anything and his first response was to bolt. Once he got going he would not stop. I decided to just let him run out of it one day in the field and 3 laps of the quarter section later I finally had to stop him because I think he would have gone all day.
    I dealt with him by circling him every time he spooked or even thought about spooking. You have to interrupt their thought before the take off, get them circling and thinking about something else. Every time he spooks just pull his head around and circle him until he stops, as soon as he stops release the reins. If he starts moving again circle again until he stops. Once he is calm and will stand on a loose rein go back to what you were doing when he spooked.
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        03-29-2013, 08:01 PM
    Thanks so much to all of you! I already feel better, now I know I'm definitely not alone in the subject XD I'll take the shot, I'll listen to some music before, and I'll try not to think about all the bad things that show up in my mind.. I'll try to ride ad confidently as before! Even cause the horse spooked (and I fell) exactly when I was worried. I'll go to the barn tomorrow, and I'll let you know
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        03-31-2013, 07:50 AM
    I rode yesterday, and even if the mare looked so full of energy, under the saddle she was perfect and I felt good again! I always kept her busy with exercise and all was fine! Sooo happy *_* happy Easter
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