My new trail horse is a wonderful boy and is really willing to work once he understands but someone has done a real head game on him.
Poor boy who has a lovely natural trot, throws his head way up and back to aviod the bit and then does a choppy half trot. Its obvious he was never allowed to GO! And was caught in the mouth A LOT!
So last night he started relearning how to trot freely under saddle. I could not maintain contact so I didn't even try. I just let him pick his speed and go. He loved it, especially when I turned him to trot back. His head was still high but it did come down a bit towards the end. Then came the hill and boy did he go - lol!
Less than 2 weeks ago he was unrideable now I can hack him around the property alone or with others. He is way less reactive and I wouldn't even call him a HOT horse as arabs go.
Trust is coming and I have all the time in the world, no rush, no deadlines.
But I would love to hear any ideas on helping my boy overcome his fears. My gut says just time and long slow rides with lots of trotting thrown in and everything will come together in time.