I took Jaxxon for a walk earlier with my cousin and her horse. We walked 2.9 miles to visit the people who gave me Jax (they're very good friends of ours).
Jaxxon constantly amazes me... I feel like I'm going to burst from pride! Ever since he was given to me about five-to-six months ago, he's had a severe phobia of vehicles... no matter if the vehicle slowed down or what, he'd panic and his behavior would turn dangerous, too dangerous for me to safely walk/ride/train him using the roads. I quit working him a bit a few months ago because of his behavior, I was scared I was going to get hurt or killed, or that he'd cause a wreck or something.
I left him alone for about two months, and when I started working with him again, he'd calmed down a good bit, but still got nervous around vehicles, but wasn't really 'uncontrollable dangerous' around them like he'd been before. He was safe enough to ride/work/walk on the road, as long as I stayed alert and listened for cars and got him off into the ditch before they came by him.
I walked him for the first time in a week or so earlier, as stated before, and I couldn't be more proud. We passed probably thirty-to-forty cars (which is a lot, considering how I live way, way out in the country where we normally don't see more than a few cars a day). Jaxxon didn't jump, flinch, or even take much notice of any of the cars! We passed a truck pulling a huge, noisy trailer and he was just fine (a friend of mine lost a colt a few years ago due to a truck and noisy trailer - the colt had a panic attack and reared into the trailer, I've been nervous of noisy trailers ever since), we passed a Propane gas truck and he didn't even notice it, and we had to pass the school bus... he tensed up a little bit, but he was just fine with it, too. Those were the only three vehicles we stopped and got on the side of the road for, the rest of the cars and trucks that passed us, we just kept walking and it was 'no biggie'.
Since it's winter, we haven't seen any 4-wheeler or motorcycle riders, so I guess those will be introduced come Spring and Summer... hopefully he'll be brave enough to face those head-on! We have quite a few people out here who own very loud, very fast 'racing bikes' and 4-wheelers...
Just had to share, Jax is such an awesome little horse! I swear, he's so smart!