Originally Posted by Equina
The only thing that I can think from his past that would make him spooky is simply that he wasn't exposed to much. He lived on a private farm with one other horse and his scenery never really changed.
i had a pony that was born and raised out on a huge ranch in the middle of nowhere. Basically all he ever saw was grass and fencing until he came to our ultra busy h/j lesson barn! Was he ever spooky... :roll: I did a lot of the bombproofing stuff (walking over tarps, rubbing plastic bags around him, waving things around him) that did seem to help a bit. That and keeping him as busy and focused as I could. The thing that helped him out the most was taking him to as many places as I could. Shows, trail rides, other barns, etc. Every time we got back home he was a little more calm!
Another thing I like to do is desensitize during feeding time!
My trainer growing up gave me this idea. She said her horse was terrified of clippers, even the noise. So she hung up a pair of running clippers over his feed bucket so he'd have to almost touch it to take a bite. It didn't take long for him to get over it!