Once Bombproof now total wuss! =(
So, I had my guy a year and half right and Ive always done road riding. I dont have many safe places to ride in.
He has always been awesome on the road- trucks, milk tankers, vans, motorbikes, speeding idiots, trailers, furniture trucks, tractors, quad bikes... you name it, he never used to bate an eye at it. It was fantastic! You could happily trot/canter up the road with no issues. Other than a random spook thats non transport related.
Now a couple of weeks ago one of my neighbours dogs came up right up to rocky and started barking at him and he kinda tensed up but didnt do anything otherwise. Didn't think anything of it. Now a week or 2 after that we encounter the same dog in that same area of road and it starts approaching us next thing rocky starts shying of side and then starts bucking and dumps me. The ride home he was tense, as I guess you would be.
Today I rode him for the first time since the incident (roughly a week) stiches in my leg (non horse related) meant no riding =/ anyway, we came up to the same spot where it all originally happened and just my luck, a car with a trailer came past and rocky freaked, bucked and dumped me again in the SAME spot. He continued to spook at ALL the cars afterwards.
Im really bummed out. I dont fancy getting bucked off all the time. Ive just been lucky that the dumping spot so far has been grass but what if next time its the road or worse a car you know?
Im going to lead him up and down the road instead when I go for morning walks and hopefully he regains his confidence otherwise I really dont have any other bright ideas.
Has anyone experienced this and overcome it?
tips advice would be cool