I'm only new to the forums, but I'd like to get some advice from you all.
I'm retraining my horse from being a polocrosse pony to dressage and trail-riding.
We've had some bridle problems (which is a whole other story, but I think we are almost on top of), but the problem I'd like your help with is that he tends to shy quite a bit - and very unexpectedly. At times it is just annoying - but at others can be a bit dangerous. Because there is no guarantee if the shy will be just him propping or if he does a spin and depart. We can be walking along with a couple of us, just talking and relaxing and he'll see something out the corner of his eye and boom a shy happens - which can be frustrating for the other riders I'm with, particularly as there may have been no sign of tension prior to the shy. Or I could be working him in the arena and another horse comes along the path and he does a big prop when he catches sight of them.
I know that there are herbal remedies you can use to help calm them a little before you ride out. My big concern is that I don't want him to become catatonic ... I'm just looking for some recommendations for something that might just help me a little.
Thanks for any suggestions