Originally Posted by Goulaisgurl
Thank goodess it ended positvely! We had a similar incident sunday. We have a jumpy horse and he bolts on a good day the second is a follower. So one startled the other and they both were off. Unfortunately they were out of the pen and we spent 30 minutes roundng them up.Is there a way to train them not to or is that also a trust issue. My daughter is more fearless than I and I am afraid to take them on the trails out of a contained area!!!
I worked and spent alot of time with my mare when I got her 8yrs. Ago......she was a scared/timid little girl afraid of everything! I did alot of desensitizing with all kinds of things, stick/string, lead rope, tarps, barrels (yes I even can put a big plastic barrel on her), I have a obstacle course we use with working with younger or older scared horses, it has a cowboy curtain, pedastal, wooden bridge, hoop (they can walk or jump through it), logs and I also play sound effects down at the pasture, desensitizes them to alot of different noises.......I haven't for a couple years now but I could shot a cap gun while sitting on her. I can slap the ground beside her with the stick/string while on her........I gained her trust, that's the biggest thing.....