Advice for horse that gets high strung when nervous.
Ok, my new horse, Memphis is a 6 year old TWH gelding. He is broke to ride, but has been known to bolt. He is super sweet, submissive and can get a little nervous. I've had him for a little over two months. I have ridden him around my place a few times and have done lots of groundwork. I have also been teaching him one rein stops and lateral flexion. When I ride him it's in the round pen, around the driveway, in the little piece of woods behind my house or in my outdoor arena. I have walked/lead him a lot. He has been doing really well and I am very happy and I really, really like this horse!! Last night I walked him up the road to my neighbors house. He was really calm all the way there. This is the first time I have walked him there. She has two mares that are kinda brats. The one was squealing and striking at him and even reared up and bit his neck over the gate. The whole time he stayed calm and cool. I was there for 10 minutes and then we walked back. He was totally different on the way back. He was all energetic and trying to walk ahead of me. I stayed calm and when he would start to get in front of me, I would either disengage his hindquarters a couple times and then I would continue walking again until he would get ahead of me and then I would repeat. Or I would correct him with a bump on his halter and say easy. When we got to the edge of the woods there is an old tree stump there that he has never seen before from this view. He got scared and spun around to bolt but when he felt the end of the lead he stopped(good thing) I let him look for a second and then walked on passed it. Did a little lunging back and forth with a lot of stop and turning because then he got all wound again. Did that until I noticed change, he dropped his head and licked his lips. Started walking back again, he still was a little wound so I gave a sharp quit and bumped the halter and lead. And said snap out of it!!! Lol. And he finally seemed to get over it. So we walked back to my house. So do you think I did the right thing? Is there something I could try differently next time? I just want to make sure I don't mess up cause like I said, I do really like this horse!! Also wondering especially, what would be good to do if he ever does this when I am riding him?? I ride him with a snaffle, either loose ring or D French link which he seems to like much better. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give :)