How do you deal with a spooky horse?
I have a 4 year old gelding that Iím trying to train for barrel racing. I bought him two years ago and started him and he was really going good. But then, last summer, my cousin wanted to use him so I let him do that and he just completely ruined himÖHe was really rough on him and now that I have him back, it seems like heís a different horse. :(
My biggest issue with him is that he is now really spooky. Itís to the point where I am a little bit afraid to ride him - I have a pretty good seat so I havenít fallen off yet but itís pretty bad, he has bucked, reared, and tried to bolt with me. He is scared of EVERYTHING. I donít know what to do - I donít have an arena to ride in so I have to just ride around my farm site and he spooks at every little thing. Also, when I bought him he wasnít spooky AT ALL. Another thing he has done is when I hauled him to an indoor arena for a fun show, he FLIPPED OUT when people started clapping! Like started spinning around in circles and then flying backward as fast as he could while we were standing in a crowded warm up pen. It was so scary and embarrassing - he could have really hurt someone and I had no control over it. It didnít get better each time he heard it, either - I finally had to go put him in his stall so he wouldnít hurt anybody.
What should I do? I canít sell him; I wouldnít even make back the money I bought him for when heís acting like this. Besides that, he is/was a very nice horse before my cousin wrecked him and I think I can get him back to that point, if I could just get rid of the constant spooking. Itís really hard to ride him when Iím constantly worrying that Iím about to get bucked off, which probably doesnít really help him eitherÖI canít afford to send him to a trainer, either. This is something I need to deal with.
Thank you sooo much if you actually read this, sorry it was so long!