Today I took my western blanket and it stretches out large so I could tell that he would tense up when I came near him with it, although he's worn it before. I am starting to realize that his body language tells me when he feels like he has to trust me unwillingly and when he wants to trust me and he's willing to. So at first he was tense so I rubbed him a very long time with it until he would stand still, then I spread it on myself and he thought that was weird. LOL. Then I spreaded it to full length and made him move with it, at first he was real tense and after a while he relaxed and got that true western walk with his head level. Awesome:) I moved it alot and spent alot of time just with that. I tried the sparkler thing again and the plastic bag, he actually doesn't show as much interest. I am still going to make sure and try different things, but honestly I feel that the people who had him before just made him do stuff with the saddle and mounted him without him naturally liking it. Today I made alot of headway by showing him through holds and releases that its ok, truly a much better way and I think he's much happier.
Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls- they give us hope!