I'm going to college so putting in alot of time with my horse is hard. I rode him at least 4 times a week this summer and he was becoming a very calm mild mannered horse, but I had to leave to go to school. When I came back a on some weekends he was near impossible to catch even in a fairly small corral and when working with him he would spook at anything (even things that had always been there and he was very used to) he even dumped my fiance twice when she tried to ride him. Its like I have to reteach him everything every time I want to mess with him.(Over christmas break it took almost a week before he would even let me touch the cinch's to him) Any help would be much appreciated
Heya im havin the same problem atm with my coloured he went on loan for 7 months and was hardly worked, he is now very hyper (out of his head and was never even capable of doin this before) he's fat, spookys at everything so I end up on the floor most days:S but I've found if I lunge him for 10mins before I ride it wheres him out alot so then he's much calmer and not so spookey, also he isnt gettin fed atm because of his fatness, so once he's worked he just gets a handful of pony cubes just 2 say well done. Hope I have helped you?
Maybe just have a look around and see if you can find someone in your area who would like to ride (experienced rider) but doesn't have a horse, who would like to exercise your horse when you don't have time.
Well I would do loads and loads of groundwork when you are home. I would find someone who is willing to ride him. For spooking I'd desensitize him to everything you can think of when your home and such. Maybe get him good on weekends and just have someone come out 2 or 3 times a week and lunge him or walk him around.
I would suggest offering to lease him out. Get him to where you can handle and ride him and put an add in the paper or something. People would love to beable to work with a horse. And might even pay you so they can just be around horses lol.
Sounds like he just needs lots of love and attention.
Like Sparky, Raini and Riley said, I'd find someone willing to work with him who has the spare time and patience to deal with his spooking and lack of confidence. Put a flyer up in your feed store or somewhere that you know a good, understanding horse person would see it. Someone needs to get him used to being handled and loved as often as you did before you went off to school.
Do you know anything about his past? Could he have been beaten or abandoned for months at a time? It's likely this behavior is tied to some sort of past experience.
It sounds like he just needs alot of ground work 'refreshers', especially in the area of desensitization.
My boy, who had most of the winter off, was going through a 'flighty' stage earlier this spring, simply because he wasn't being handled as much; lots of extra ground work and desensitization has turned his attitude around.