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    11-14-2012, 07:52 PM
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I do agree with the horse being young, he needs miles under saddle to learn to be braver.
I got my mare Spice when she was 3yrs. Old and only 30 days of riding. She was my first horse after 30 yrs. Of being away from horses. Her and I spent alot of time in the roundpen working on gaining each other's trust. I did alot of desensitizing which really helped her with trusting my judgement on things. You've got to put the time in doing ground work and then putting miles on the horse. Spice is now 10, she spooks very seldom and when she does she doesn't panick but waits for my direction.......it took alot of miles and alot of us spending time together to get where we are today.
     
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    11-14-2012, 10:56 PM
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Thank everyone for the replys. I agree and am aware that age and a lack of miles is my biggest issue.
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    11-15-2012, 04:25 AM
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It seems amazing that a horse can know from being ridden what you are looking at. But when you look at something your seat and weight change even if it's the tiniest bit. I've found with spooky horses that when I see something I know they will probably spook at, it really helps to not look at it. It's like how when you're going over a jump, if you focus ON the jump your horse may stop instead of going over it. You have to look beyond to where you want to go.

If I saw a scary car my horse always spooked at, I would deliberately look in another direction and for many horses this will help them relax. Because if you're not even looking at the object, then how scary can it be? Often we unconsciously stare at objects we know will frighten our horses.

Another thing I do when going by a scary object or when something pops up in front of us is to immediately take some very deep, slow but overly loud breaths. You may notice when horses get frightened they hold their breath like we do or inhale sharply. So it can be reassuring for them to hear that you are breathing slowly and normally. They cue off of this like they would another horse: oh, they are not worried so maybe I don't need to be either.
     

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