I took Rookie camping this past weekend. He acted like he's never acted before. Up until this trip, when he spooked, he would just come to a dead stop and look at whatever was scaring him. Well, our first ride on Saturday, he whipped around and tried to bolt on me when something moved in the woods. Luckily, I got him stopped. The second time, something moved in a thicket. This time he side stepped before he tried to whip around. I didn't fall off, but had to grab hold of his mane to keep from coming off. I was riding with the couple that I bought him from, and the guy said that I actually went onto the side of the saddle. The only thing that I've chnaged with him is giving him 3 oz. Of Dumor hoof supplement (from TS) once a day in his feed. I've had him since April, and he has always taken really good care of me.
Yesterday was a little better. I didn't give him any supplements at all. BUT, I was shaking from the inside out. I took half of one of my "calming" pills before I got on him because I know that horses can pick up on how the rider is feeling. As I calmed down, he did (as expected). He didn't start getting hot until on the way back. I was still calm, but he was dancing around everywhere. Do I just need to stop the supplements all together, or is there something I can give him for his hooves that won't cause him to be "up" all the time?