So we did our patterns, got him nice and worked out and schooled, and then began to exit the arena. Just as Caspian gets near the exit, he starts to prance a bit. This arena he'd had a bad experience at the first time, in short, it included him spooking and then a drunkard yelling "GET HIM OUT" around 50 times and causing the poor little guy to nearly have a heart attack. We went back a week or two later to school without drunk idiots, and he did a Lipizzaner style jump out of the indoor. First, I thought it was because he was scared that scary yelling man would poof into existence and start being all monsterish again(which probably is part of it, that guy scared me too). But now, I think I've got it figured out. Because this time, he started to spook as soon as.. he saw his shadow.
I kid you not. As soon as his ears and head poked out in that shadowy form on the ground, he started to prance. And then he did a little tap dance when he was about three quarters outside, but chilled out when his barn mate walked by without a care. No Lipizzaner style jumps this time.
TL;DR, my horse is scared of his shadow.
Here's a picture of the silly guy in question. Lovely horse, a bit of a head case now and then, but he sure gave my trainer a pretty awesome laugh today. I would have laughed too if I had not been focused on trying to keep his hooves on the ground. I don't think I'm quite ready for airs off the ground yet, even if he thinks he is.