So here's the story, I have this 7 year old Arabian gelding in training currently. When he first came, he had TERRIBLE leading problems. He is a very spooky horse, but we're working on that. His biggest problem was that he would randomly run (literally) backwards. At first I thought nothing of it, that maybe he just spooked, but it continued to happen. One night when I was trying to bring him inside, he did that to me 5 times. I got after him and made him back, back, back and after that he was better. I have since changed my approach with him; if I feel he's nervous and on edge I just stand with him and let him know it's okay, no big deal, pat him, give him a few treats, etc and then continue on. He is not the type of horse that deals well with discipline, discipline, discipline and dominant all the time personalities. He needs a lot of reassuring. Basically if he's going to spook, I ignore it and just let him know everything is fine. We take breaks often. I've never used this approach with any other horse, but hell it's working for me! So here's the issue I have been having with him: NOTHING.
He has been a perfect angel for me for the most part for the last several weeks. The worst thing he has done lately and this was a week ago was when I tried to wipe the goobers off his face--he was tied and I just walked up and started wiping him off with the paper towel and that spooked him. That was my fault. I untied him and reapproached him again, he was fine.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty; I'm have little to no problems with him; but the owner of the barn is having major problems with him. She is constantly telling me how he's dragging her backwards and how he is a VERY dangerous horse. I just need some opinions and clarification. The B/O is a very experienced horse person and breeds Warmbloods for dressage/jumping, etc. She is good to all her horses, but doesn't put up with nonsense.
I was told this evening she gave him a few treats and then BAM! he dragged her backwards. What's going on here?