So I got a new horse about a month ago. He is 5 and trail broke (or so I was told). I have not taken on trail yet, I want to really be able to read him before that.
I have ridden him 3 times since bringing him home. Once on the road and 2 times in the arena. Tonight's ride in the arena was a disaster. He spooked at everything and kept bolting. He was un responsive to my seat and hands asking him to stop, the one rein stop didnt work...the third time he bolted I just bailed off. He broke through the gate and ran back to his stall, got his leg caught in his reins and had to stand there til I rescued him.
Needless to say I wont be riding for a while, now that I have two different sized knees (thank God for big bags of frozen peas), so any suggestions on fixing this from the ground? I know I should go back to basics but not sure where to start.