When you think about it, spooking in an arena and not on the trails makes sense. If the horse is used to having "unlimited" room to run away if something scary pops up, it will naturally be very timid in an arena where he or she knows that there's less room to move away if something comes out and bites him. By staying away from scary objects completely, your horse is saying "I don't have enough room to bolt if necessary - why should I antagonize (come closer to) something that might eat me?" Obviously, your horse trusts you enough to be good on the trails, but takes confidence in the fact that, need be, there's a place of safety -space - available if need arises. You should work with your horse in confined spaces. Trailering, roundpens, stalls, and arenas are all places that provide your horse limited space. Try working from the ground with your horse in all these types of places, and improve his or her confidence in small spaces as well as incorporate some sort of desensitization program explained above. You'll gain your horses confidence in tight spaces in no time!
Thanks for all the advice!
She's really not a spooky horse at all. I've had her on the cross ties while a bulldozer was putting debris from a storm into a pile litterally 50 feet away from her and she was fine.
I think it's because our indoor arena is in the middle of our barn (in between two rows of stalls) and it's literally like a box. So she can't really see what's going on around her and it makes her nervous.
But yeah, I will try some of the methods and see how it goes!
My horse is exactly the same way. My indoor ring is also inbetween 2 stalls and everything echoes in there. There are windows (just about horse eye height) in the back. She flips if someone is walking back there. Then in the front and either side, there's a gate, and she'll spook there too if she hears something.
I have no idea how to change it all. Vega is usually calm outside the indoor ring, unless its really cold, or she's in heat. Ahh the joys of mares lol
I apologize DerbyHills. I was out of line and am so sorry.
My horse is afraid of everything and is hard to make stand still, so I really should not have opened my mouth. But I did just see a DVD on spooking.
Im not tryin to start anything and I never said you were wrong, I just was telling what works best for me. As a professional trainer, I have tried and tested many ways and hand picked the best ones that work for me. No hard feelings?
I think you should just walk your horse around in the indoor arena on foot. And let her get used to things. Walk up with her to the objects or anything she/he is scared of. And let your horse know its alright and nothing wont hurt her/him. I did this with my horse for some things and she turned out good.