10-17-2010, 02:16 PM
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I think the suggestions about continuing to work with him are good. Just spend time with him for sure. The more consistent you are, the more he will learn he can rely on you. And when he knows he can rely on you and predict your behavior, he will begin to trust you.
As for the games and clinicians I do know the games, but I don't follow them to the T. I just work with each horse and what works for them. It's a great thing you are doing working with him around new things. I think you should continue with that and it will increase his confidence. The more times he is exposed to something scary with you in the lead and nothing bad happens - the more he will trust you. So, just keep coming up with new obstacles. Try a big trash can, a plastic bag, a yoga ball (or beach ball, just make it BIG), a mail box, a platform such as a flat trailer or solid (enough to support his weight) pallet, a plastic barrel, travel near dogs you know will bark at the fence - just make sure you know the fence is secure, and so on. Have fun with it, look up what other horses have found to be scary, and bring him too it. This goes back to spending time and being consistent so he can rely on you. If he knows he can rely on you when something scares him he will start to trust you, then he'll be confident in you. But also being exposed to so many things that would normally cause him to flight and overcoming that will build confidence in himself.
I think you're on a great path! Good luck! I have dozens of more suggestions if you want!