Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
A)you are not the leader(inconsistant, sub conciously rewarding him, pitying the horse, etc)or,
B) you have a genuinely spooky horse that will never be "bomb proof"
If A, which I suspect, first completely forget you ever thought/knew he was "abused". This is the best thing you can possibly do for him. Then you can start having a normal relationship. In the animal world pity=weakness, so someone who is pitying their horse can never have a normal relationship.
Get a good groundwork book and/or DVD from someone, say clinton anderson, or buck branaman. Watch and apply.
If B, still get the book/DVD, this will help, just be prepared that he may never be the bomb proof type.