Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
You're still making excuses for a horse with holes in his training. Why does anybody want to put up with "spooky bc of something I cannot see, but the horse can?" What does he see, the ghost of his sire?
Look, certain attitudes are acceptable as LONG as your horse is obedient. When we reenacted, our commander would ALWAYS think of some message he had to send to a company commander right before the "show." He always sent ME to do it. So, me and "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) would have to wind our way through a moving body of spectators, find the person, deliver the message, and get back before the battle started. Corporal was obedient and we went at the walk. He never stepped on or ran into people, but he WAS herd sour. So, every 5 minutes or so he would call out to his friends. People walking in front of us didn't all notice a horse walking in their midst, so they'd flinch, then laugh when he'd whinny. For a 900lb, 15'1hh Arab, he had a loud and deep throated call.
THAT's what you want your horse to do. Let him notice things, but not act out on them.
This is the same horse who would race all over the field in the battle when asked, and then stand next to a cannon and graze. You train their minds and then you think and the horse "does."
You need help from a trainer who will also train YOU. You need to learn groundwork and horse body language. Circling the mounting block tells me that your horse doesn't want to be ridden. A smaller animal, like a dog, would have bitten you that day. =/