Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Take your time. Wait until you're both okay with one another, then you can take that next step forwards. Of course, I'm not saying don't push yourself, but don't scare yourself.
Does your horse walk, trot and canter on the lunge? If not, teach him to respond to your verbal commands to walk, trot and canter on the lunge, then have someone (a trainer is wonderful for this!) help you to start to canter on your horse. Then you can take the lunge line off and canter a circle around whoever was helping you, then you can start to venture off.
Do lots of de-spooking things. My old trainer put stuff all over the arena to try and spook our horses - most of the time it worked.... for a while, then they'd get right back on track.
The key to a spooky horse is to ride it like it isn't a spooky horse... if you're anticipating your horse's spook, most likely than not that horse IS going to spook -- I call this a perfect example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If your horse bends its neck towards something to look at it (and might spook) just put them back into a frame, or right what they're doing wrong, and send them forwards.
I hope I helped a little! If you want more... let me know! I've got a ton of this stuff!
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