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post #1 of 5 Old 03-22-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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My eight year old quarter horse (Koby) is the sweetest guy ever. His only flaw is that he is very spooky. If I am riding him and someone makes a loud noise he will spring forward completely panicked and stop (only once has he completely taken off). Or even the other day I was grooming him and my boots bumped together and made a strange noise and it scared him. He is also herd bound. I love him to death and I don't want him to be scared of everything because that doesn't seem like a very fun way to live. I would also like to go on trail rides with him and parades but I feel like it would be way too traumatic. Is anyone in the same boat as me or have any tips to get him to relax? Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-22-2012, 10:23 PM
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You can't really change a spooky horse per say, but you can teach them how to spook and to listen when they are afraid.

It seems like you may have already gotten that down though, since you say his spooking is fairly easy to handle. The more exposure he has, the better he will likely be, but you can never fully train away the spook. However, teaching him to listen to you even though he is scared is a great way to keep both you and your horse safe.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-23-2012, 08:57 AM
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I agree with the above. Really convince him you are going to be a good leader and ALWAYS keep him safe. Horses are super sensitive to our body language, so if he sees you tense up about something, it will make him tense up because he thinks there is something he should be worried about.

If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don't make him learn it - you let him learn it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-23-2012, 09:41 AM
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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.
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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!

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