I've had Lucky since July. Before this week he has spooked twice. Both times it was very minor. His body sort of went to full alert and he took one tiny step sideways. Tiny little spooks.
This week he has been spooking at all sorts of things he's seen dozens of times. And not minor spooks. All four feet leave the ground as he jumps away then spins on his haunches and bolts. When I was leading him back to the pasture yesterday his head was way in the air and his eyes were wide so I could see the whites and rolling. We've walked through the barn hundreds of times. There have been no changes to the barn.
He is spooking both under saddle and when being lead. When he does it, I one rein stop him when riding, turn him around and make him go past whatever the object is without making a fuss so this isn't getting him out of work.
I just don't understand the sudden behavior change? People always compliment Lucky on being so sane and quiet. Why is this happening all of a sudden? Any ideas?
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