For example, I was warming up by them and he didnt care. I decided for that day-thinking he wouldnt like them if I moved them- that I would work on getting him used to them since I had the time/energy to work with him without getting mad or frustrated. I got off, moved the barrel to the center of our circle and worked him around it both directions and to my surprise he could care less.
About a good 30 minutes into riding on the flat, he came to it and totally had a "mousey meltdown" and everytime I got near it he would tense up, move away from my leg, and speed up. It VERY frustrating and I admit, I don't have a ton of patience so please help and give advice!!!
I have asked my trainers to help and I have my trainers wife to ride him and she says he is generally fine with it so they don't think it is serious/annoying as it really is. And of course in their presence if only occasionally looks at it.
Oh and a different subject but related to spooking, Mouse is deathly afraid of the cows at our barn. I use the road the cows are on to get to the trails and the only way is to have another horse and mouse has to be right next to them if I want any chance of "survival". Any suggestions on how to work with mouse to get him to at least not stop dead in his tracks, rear take off, etc other than my dad idea of "tying him to a fence and bring a cow behind him" ( I love how my dad thinks he is horse trainer when he knows nothing of them lol )