I bought a new horse about a week ago and have been noticing a few issues that I want to try and get over asap. He is a 16 hh black tb that has been raced twice and failed miserably. We are very happy with his jumping and movement, but the problem is that he becomes extremely overwhelmed when horses pass him in the ring and often takes off. He is easy to bring back, but this is going to present a problem in the hack during a horse show as well as the schooling.
We also found out from the old owner that last year when he was at a show a horse took off, cornered him, and kicked him repeatedly .
Anyone have any ideas to help him get over this?
Oh, and anyone have any techniques for getting in earplugs? He will not let us put them anywhere need his ears and he definitely needs them.