Incredibly spooky horse, very frustrating.
Hey, I believe I posted a thread on here before explaining about how my horse bucked me off. Well thankfully he has not done it again since, but there is one quirk about him that I have never been able to get him through, and it's probably one of the most frustrating things I have ever had to deal with.
My horse is a great horse, he has a quiet temperament, great ground manners and he does great ground work. When I first rode him I thought he was simply perfect, he's comfortable, has smooth easy gaits, jumps everything. He still is, but he has ALWAYS been incredibly spooky, and now it's just getting impossible to have a great ride with him.
It's mostly in the indoor ring where he is spooky, which is strange because most horses spook at outside elements.
The indoor ring is attached to the rest of the barn, and you enter a gate into the ring, on each end of the ring is a gate to lease the the outside, and then to giant sliding doors to allow light in. And on the left end of the ring (Where the mounting block is) He is incredibly tense, shy and spooky. Almost impossible to work with.
He is generally fine on the other end, though a little tense on the rare occasion that that sliding door is open, which is rarely.
But as we approach his "bad" end, he throws his head up, trys to pop his shoulder, points his head towards the door and attempts to pull off the rail.
Now I can make him (Though it's nearly impossible) point his head to the inside and go right into the corner going to the left, but he is incredibly tense in doing so, and if I go into a trot or canter, he gets less and less responsive and going to the right he will not put his head down and he gets so high strung. Now at his previous barn there was no indoor ring, so I could see how he wouldn't be used to it. But I've been riding him for months. And I know repetition is key but it doesn't appear to be working. No matter how relaxed I remain, he will get tense.I've tried endless amounts of walking him by it fully tacked, with just a halter and lead rope, making him stand at that end while I talk with him and he remains PERFECTLY relaxed but as soon as I'm on him, and even if I'm in a full state of relaxation, he tenses up and sometimes he even spooks. And once he gets tense and spooky he is impossible to relax, and it's incredibly frustrating. So I don't know what to do, he's a great ride outside for the most part, but winter is coming and outside is no longer and option. How do I break the nervousness for no reason?