My trainer threw in this jump during one of our lesson and Hero freaked out - Its an x-rail with this greenery and he freaked...I was confused because he's seen it before and I had him walking over it when it was just a pole on the ground.
She just took the greenery off and we havent work with it since.
I thought well he needs to learn that its okay and not scary.
So I have been taken this thing in the round pen with me and letting him sniff, trot over it (well he jumps over it).
Well the other night it was just hanging across a vertical in the wind and he spooked from it across the entire ring - I almost lost it. I was so frustrated.. the next day I brought my husband out to keep an eye on me while I introduced it to him again. I let him walk up and sniff it when I ask for another step he does a few side way steps and then..
Did I push him too much? I thought we ended on a good note but it took me 60x to get him over it.
I think I might keep doing this every time we're out there to just keep showing him its not scary.
I'm sure next time I go out there to practice this it'll be back to the start all over again.