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post #11 of 17 Old 01-28-2010, 01:51 PM
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It does happen where a calm horse will get too scared and seemingly lose his training.

John Lyons horse Zip had the same thing happen to him. He will tell the story of a photo shoot they did involving a helicopter, bear, and a tarp that shot up into the air. During the shoot Zip was fine, but the next day he was really spooky. John had to take him back to the round pen and work on spook work.

I too have had this experienced with a Mustang and a PMU rescue mare. In both cases the horses were 'fine' until one day the horse jumped and the rider came off. Both horses were fearful after that day and had to go through retraining to get them thinking again. Both horses were also very fearful of the area where the accident took place.

My suggestion is that you go through spook work with your horse and reteach the horse how to control it's fear. BTW both of the horses are doing super on trail and the owner of the mustang says he is so calm now that he goes a bit too slow. : )

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-28-2010, 03:22 PM
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A couple of things.

One: since you really don't know his history it could be that he has been doing this for a long time.

Two: It sounds to me like he is either loosing his focus or he is deciding that he is done with whatever he is doing and wants to do something else.

Keeping his focus is more about constand redirection of his feet than it is a certain pattern or excercise. Keep changing the direction of his feet so that he knows that your are in control of each footfall. That will solve the focus issue.

If it is truly a fear thing then you need to re assure him that all is well by controling your emotions and redirecting his thoughts to his feet. You have about 1 second to get him focused on you. If he goes "holy SH__!!" and you second the emotion he will think he is right and BOOM. If you stay calm and redirect him he will come around.

Remember beng a good leader is the key. Just because he has had some tough times does not change the fact that you are the leader and he follows. Its the way horses think and he will be more comfortable once you earn his respect as the leader. Either you are the leader or he is--there is no other way that they understand.
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post #13 of 17 Old 09-28-2011, 11:39 PM
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If you have changed any of your tack (and I mean any of it) you might change back to your old tack because my horse did the same thing and changed back to my old saddle and she stopped acting up. But anytime she did something, I rode it out. Just hold on to anything but if you do fall off, climb right back on if yall arent seriously hurt. Hope this helps!
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post #14 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 11:56 AM
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Maybe something spooked him without you knowing and it's "stuck" with him. I don't know if you get what I'm saying. Lol - but this happened to me with my TB. He got spooked when he was in tight spaces and he wouldn't stand for me. So I ended slowly leading him into the barn and things ended coming along after about 1 1/2 month.

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post #15 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 12:06 PM
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Could be eyes but I think its more likely he has learned if he acts up enough he can unseat you and go home. Work him at home, make sure he understands that you are not coming off and he better behave. He has to know he cant get you unseated and take off and if he tries it at home you better have a HUGE converstation with him about who is the boss. Sounds like fun....:)
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post #16 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 12:20 PM
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sorry hit enter before finished post above...
of course above post is if the horse is just being spoiled, if he truly is afraid and as the handler you should know I would simply suggest riding him a bit further from home every day. If he spooks work him for a while till he relaxes again and the next time you ride him ride him a bit further the key being to get a few rides no matter how short in with no incident.. I think the more you do it without incident the better he will get..
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post #17 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 12:34 PM
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My horse was handled pretty rough in his formerlife and was extremely spooky at everything. The the point of riolling his eyes and rearing up when he saw a saddle or western hat, basic exposure training and being nice to him help, but you cant think of everything, I have done some trining drills that dont keep him from getting scared, but have changed his reaction, In the round pen on a 12 foot lead line, I intentionally scare him, wave hats, rocks in a beer can, plastic bags, I change all the time. As soon as his feet stop moving I stop waving item. Then do it again, each time as soon as his feet stop I stop. Basically I have taught him to freeze when he sees something spooky instead of rearing and spinning 180 unexpectadly, On the trail he will now freeze, I can collect him encourage him a bit and usually get him to go on by without incident.
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