We've been working with my horse, one-rein stopping when he resists or turns, then yielding his hindquarters in a circle a few times, then asking for forward again to get him past this area and down the fenceline. He is getting better. He finally stopped major tantrums and his little attempts at rearing. Today I noticed it was the worse when I saw him look at the holes.
I know for a fact that foxes bury leftover food, as in dead animals....and/or perhaps there is a dead animal in these holes. Could this be spooking my horse, or am I grasping at straws? I can't say he is spooked necessarily, but he is clearly anxious. Today I took him to the left of the trees which is a huge sod field and we're really not supposed to be in there but I kept him on the edge and away from the holes. He still resisted but seemed a bit relieved to be on the other side of these holes.
Has anyone had any experience with their horse having anxiety about the smell of dead (or perhaps alive??) animals?? I didn't pay too much attention to the holes until today (except of course to keep his hooves away from them!). Would love your thoughts.....or is he just being barn sour?!?