Someone I knew (and thought I trusted) rode my horse for two months because I was recovering from ACL surgery. Apparently he had his face hauled on for two months (among other issues) and now does not like contact with his mouth, does not move forward well, and doesn't trust his rider so EVERYTHING is scaring him now!
I broke my horse when he was 3 so I thought I had his brain figured out. I know that trust has a lot to do with this and we are working on rebuilding it, but he is seriously scared of everything and shows it by running away from things and bucking. I have tried to ride through the bucks, not making them a big deal, turning him away from spooky things, talking to him, keeping him thinking, ground work, ect.
I am stuck. I know he is not trying to be mean, but I am getting frustrated. I have fallen HARD 3 times in the past 2 weeks. HELP