I didn't mean to sound snippy, I really didn't, and I'm sorry. I'm just saying that you guys don't have to jump on me with all this "gaping holes in her training" and everything else. I just don't think it's right for you to jump on someone from what you read on an online forum. I wish you guys could just meet this horse, that would probably clear up a lot. I do appreciate ya'lls concern, and trust, we DO do a lot of desensitizing, but we can't think of everything all the time, so when things come up and she DOES spook at something, we take the time to go back and desensitize. When she spooked because of my helmet, we rubbed her down with it, rustled it, etc.
"I'm just waiting for a blow up. If this is truly an abused horse.. you'll find a button that triggers a big reaction. To me this sounds more like "going through the motions" than actually making progress."
And it's only going to get worse if you continue to treat this horse by just going through the motions instead of drilling down and dealing with the problems. Luckily this was a small blow up.
The horse wasn't paying attention, it heard a noise, it panicked.. and then you allowed her to panic further instead of showing her she was okay.
Too much too fast. Work on the trust and leadership between you two before you keep doing things on her back. That isn't going to help her right now, from what I've read.
I've weighed in.