I've recently bought a 8 y/o rising 9, thoroughbred. He's come from an abusive owner, the used to beat him, and did'nt know how to ride correctly. She 'displined' him for his 'missbehavior'.but I don't know what with.
For the past 3 weeks, I have noticed, he snakes his head away from trailing lead ropes, tilts his head and eyes them of, arches his neck and always dances away from the trailing lead rope, or lunge line, as if it were a snake of other. I was curious to know, what can I do to help him over come this fear? I've tried walking him with a loose lead rope, dangling around the ground, so he can see it, he still does all the usual things, should I keep persisting with this, or should I try a different approach.
He is also very afraid of cars and vans, and snapped his lead rope in a freak out this afternoon.And continued to bolt around the paddock with the lead rope, freaking him out more and more, before him managed to swing it over his neck.
I need some advise, just to help me help him I guess. He seems to trust me enough to work with him in every other aspect, but he does'nt trust the lead rope and lunge line trailing or dangling.