So my husband bought a 12 yr. Old QH gelding 3 months ago that was supposed to be a "been there, done that" type of horse.
He has spent time working with him and training him. He shows signs of confidence issues and getting scared easily. Not so much fear of items, but fear of heights and drop offs.
He has taken him up on 2 trail rides and he does fine until you get any altitude and a drop off. He tries to side step the whole trail while keeping his eyes on the steep drop off.
We thought over time he would build the confidence with some rides, but it is not getting any better and just plain dangerous. It doesn't matter if he is with other horses or alone.
Any thoughts or ideas on how to overcome this? Has anyone had this problem before?
We are in Utah so our rides consist of the Rocky Mountains.
P.S. He does fine walking down the road, pasture, and arena. Does ground work and all of Pat's games just fine. Great horse overall.