Hi need some help, I've had my 15hh 11 year old welsh cob X gelding 3 years, its always been a bit rocky with us 2,
His ground manners are ok just have a few barging out the stable issues, which I would like to correct, as soon as I put his head collar on and open the door he tries to run out, I do try and hold on tight but he knows his strength the little bleeder, He is a very spooky horse, hacking he is excellent on roads and traffic, but will spook out on fields at a bird, a dog walker, walking next to woodland or bushes, something that has moved or changed either in his field or out hacking, will jump spin 360 and try to run, he's been out of work a year as I've had a bad back and had to have surgery 9 weeks ago for a slipped disc.
Now i've had surgery I can't keep playing russian roulette, I sat on him 2 days ago to take some photos and the flash on the camera came on, he spooked I fell off I was not expecting it!, now he wont let me aproach him even for a little pat or a hello, started being a bugger to be caught since I fell off and spooks away from me! Which is really upsetting considering I didn't even take the photo! He just seems to be scared of his own shadow all the time, I can't hack with anyone as im on my own yard, brought a companion pony that turned out to be unridable (due to injury), so the company thing is out the window. I really don't know what else to do I love him to bits and he has some good quality's, I used to be able to ride him in the field bare back with a head collar and is like a dope on a rope but if you tack him up and go out he really thinks he is a hyped TB. I've had all the relevant checks done, his back (pelvis was out and sternum) this is now correct, had the saddler out a few adjustments done to lift and free his shoulder, didn't like this and bronko'ed, saddler came back out and completely re flocked the front of the saddle, now is all ok, teeth checked fine.
I brought this horse to get back into riding and enjoying hacks now I dread them :(
Now his fear is genuine, he will physically stop and shake, but other times I don't have time to react, he does not blind bolt he will just run away but I can stop him by circling him.
I really need some advice :( before I just give up