Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Florida, the sunshine state.
I would rather my horse trust me, and not even bother to be concerned about something irrelevant to what we are doing. When there is a person in his area, he is to keep his eyes on them, and always know where they are at. This is because my children play in the yard and he is in the yard eating grass. He won't accidentally step on them if they are running underneath him. I am always supervising them when he is out, but they can get stepped on quicker than I can stop it. He knows that this can happen, so he is alert to them being around him. The issue I have with him is when we are trail riding, or working in an arena, he will spook at something I have no idea what he is spooking at! I can't even desensitize him to this issue except by making it uncomfortable for him to act that way. But he is 5 years old, he is young and full of himself.
I've desensitized my horse to scary things like the rope swinging around him, the rope smacking all over his body, my hands patting all over him, things running up to his face or body, etc. I've sensitized him to giving to pressure, not leaning on steady pressure, listening to cues, etc. Desensitize, then sensitize.