You are young, and very brave LOL.SInce you have had his teeth done and he has had a proper saddle fit I am going to base this opinion on the assumption he has no health issues. He is a horse that needs to have a bunch of ground work, maybe even started over from the ground up. He needs to be sacked and re introduced to the things that he is frightened of and learn trust. He may need a trainer as it has been my experience that horses who run away out of fear can become very dangerous and it seems like your horse has gone from fear to an almost paranoid attitude as he seems to associate bad things with being ridden.
If you can please seek some professional help with him. If you can't afford professional help consider selling him as he seems quite unstable mentally. I know you may want to keep and re train him yourself but I would be very worried about your safety if you were my daughter. Please be careful with him.
It really does sound like this is how he has been trained to go, so I'd be going back to basics, especially on the lunge, so you don't have any accidents. That way you can get him to listen to you vocally, and as 'owner'.
Just re read your previous post, you are not a bad owner because you only ride once or twice a month- in fact your horse probably LOVES it
Haha I can definitely get a trainer to work with me! I am just looking for opinions on things to do with him before I got to that route, I have a brilliant trainer actually ,she has worked wonders with my other horse (another reason I don't work the other one alot) He was a rescue and I have a TB in work :).
He really is quite brilliant on the ground, he isn't flighty or panicky when being lead, he used to be very bargy and space invading ,but that has been taken care of. So I am assuming it's got a total relation to being saddled and tormented mentally, I have got help and I never ride alone.
Haha I wish I could ride more :) I basically don't ride in my spare time and get health things done for my boys :) (Teeth, chiros, saddle checks ,farrier those kind of maintenance things :))
Thats good to hear. Glad you have a trainer. Im sure with some ground work he will come along fine again. He needs to reafirm his faith in people, learn to trust again. No matter what advice you get on here the best advice to take is that of your own trainer :)) Take care.
I'm thinking instead of him bolting due to spooking, maybe he's very touchy on his sides. Try riding him without touching his sides for like 5 minutes to see if he spooks/bolts. If he ends up being touchy, do groundwork with him and rub objects on his sides to desenstize them, like a plastic back, whip, tarp, etc. I use mardi gras beads too, the sound is spooky to some horses, so I use them.
I wish you the best of luck with this boy :) Posted via Mobile Device
Yes he is very spooky with his sides/touchy with his sides too Lubylol :)
I will definitely try that!
Ground work is all we have been focusing on, he was very scared of ropes/whips/saddles clothes being thrown around him and he wouldn't let his hind feat be picked or lifted, now he is quite comfortable with that, and being washed :)
That's good that he's learning :) I went to the barn Tuesday and only worked on bomb proofing. I had a big bag and jumped around Cowboy, and once he was done freaking out and looked at me, I "relieved pressue" aka dropped the bag haha. He eventually learned it wasn't anything to spook about and even got the bag on his ears :) Posted via Mobile Device