I'm so glad I found this post, I have been riding a horse that has been spooking a lot, & this gives me some ideas on how to handle it. He is a retired standardbred harness racer, & I'm sort of retraining him to ride. I would love to get him on trails, but lately he's been spooking at everything. He does the spin & bolt thing, & I'm really quite scared of falling off, I haven't fallen off In a long time. I think partly it's because he's basically stuck In his stall until I come ride him ( he's not mine), & has forgotten what the outside world is like. He was a racehorse, so it's not like he hasn't been around a lot of different things. But I'm thinking part of it is me, I'm not always confident enough, & his spooking makes me nervous, I sometimes lose the reins when he spins so quickly, so that doesn't help. I have try & work on that & try some of Cherie's techniques, I don't want to get so scared that I can't ride him! The strange thing too is that he trips a lot when I'm riding, but every time he spooks, his footing is just fine! So far at least, I'd hate for him to trip while he's bolting.
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