Originally Posted by Jacksmama
I personally would do some major desensitizing on the ground. I spent months when Jack was a youngster introducing him to everything I could think of. Tires, big blue barrels rolling across the arena, tarps fluttering, plastic bags, dogs, cats, walking over wood, loud music, tractors, the BO's Polaris, I have a picture of him somewhere with a huge plastic tarp draped over his body and he has his head down looking for bits of hay. As a result he is not scared of much, his first experience with a campfire resulted in a drop and spin, and last summer a fawn running straight for him absolutely terrified him,lol, but that's really about it.
I was thinking about doing that...right now I am trying to get him over his fear of water. Yesterday he walked through a "Giant" 2 inch deep puddle after only a few tries. I will slowly introduce him to new things because since he was a pasture pet for a year before I got him a few months ago, I don't think he has experienced much which may be why he is so frightened. Thanks for your advice!