01-22-2013, 12:57 PM
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Agreed. A super calm experienced horse will do more to train for you than you alone. I would make a list of everything that spooks him, and start desensitizing to those things. Plastic bag fear is also flags flapping in the wind and a tarp on the ground, so it's worth the time putting up high on your list.
This is why the tv trainers use a halter, long lead and a whip. The whip replicates most of the fast moving, fear producing stimuli that a horse will encounter.
Mostly, you want your horse to look at you as the herd leader that represents safety, and look to you for security and trust.
Remember, too, that a 5 ft. Spook is an acceptable first step to something scary, instead of rearing, bucking or bolting to the other end of the field.