You know what the problem is? I actually have the same problem with my horse, trail rides definetly WILL help some, and to get her past the spooking, don't react to her spooking, keep her moving forward, and dont let her make a big deal of it. By reacting she knows that the 'scary thing' isn't okay, because mommy's scared of it, i will be too. Other than that, Shes getting ring sour. Shes getting tired of doing what your asking her to do and not being released, as well as not being rewarded for it. Give and Release is the key to everything, and gets you far. WHat i mean by rewarding, is taking little battles, on the days that she does REALLY good make a HUGE deal about it, praise and pat her big time for it. On the days she isn't having such a great day, if you get ONE circle, or around the whole arena WITHOUT a buck or kick, make a HUGE deal of it ! and i mean HUGE ! She'll soon learn that behaving will give her pleasure, because she is being rewarded for behaving. TOO many riders and trainers almost always NEVER realize that a horse ISNT just a horse, its a being, just like a human is a being. Just like a human, horses need to be both disciplined and rewarded for good behavior. Another thing that i find does wonders is taking the horse out to the pasture every now and then bareback, or with a saddle, and putting the reins down on the horses neck letting the horse freely moves where it wishes. THIS actually teaches the horse that its completely OK for the horse to be relaxed with a rider on its back, sneak in little commands here and there. if the problem arises at the canter only, do the same thing, nudging the horse here and there with your legs to avoid obstacles. This will teach the horse how to have fun again in riding, as well as that you actually trust the animal. Hope this goes well, and if it doesn't some techniques don't always work for every horse. :) May i ask what you've done about the horse taking off on you that you've mentioned? My horse does the same, she locks her neck up, and snaps it in the direction she wants to go in, and bolts there, it takes me getting fully out of the saddle, completely on the side of the saddle i wish her to go in and my hand close to the bit on the rein JUST to whip her head back around. have any sugguestions there?