Primo has always been an over-reactor, consequences of being abandoned in a field for 4 years. He had been getting better, but we have had a major set back and it's just spiraling out of control.
A few weeks ago there was a meeting at the barn but in another building. As I was finishing up grooming the barn people wandered in. He backed up, hit the end of the xties and panicked, broke loose and ran to the nearest grass (thank goodness for his rumbling tummy). Now he is panicking all the time. I can't xtie him... sick of fixing them and breaking halters. Instead of scary stuff he's afraid of anything in my hands near his face, halter, fly spray, brush, it doesn't matter. He flies to the back of his stall and shakes or tries to run out of his stall if it looks like there is room. It's getting dangerous. I had to twitch him for the farrier and am considering drugging him for the safety of my farrier in the future. With no warning he will just fly back.
I have been working him in the round pen trying to desensitize him all over again, but he is acting so outrageously scared that I'm afraid he'll get hurt if I push it.
He is boarded and I am truly concerned for the safety of others handling him. When his panic switch is flipped there is nothing stopping him, until he is free of whatever scared him and has found a grazing spot.