Originally Posted by gypsygirl
one tip though, I wouldnt tell him good boy to comfort him. When you try to comfort an animal when they are scared, you are just reinforcing that they should be scared. Make sure not to do any kind of praise until he is calm and not scared.
Seeing as you don't know this horse, you can't just assume he's like every other horse. Some horses need some sort of support instead of cold silence waiting for them to rethink something or "get over it."
If I had done what every other person did with my horse.. I'd probably never have gotten this far and I've had a lot of hospital bills. It's not one size fits all, you have to be mindful of each signal you give a horse and have a reason behind it. OP seems to be doing a fabulous job, so I think her way of providing support works for her horse.
I tell mine "you're alright" and stroke his neck and he understands that I'm still there (he zones out when he's scared then acts in hyperactive flight/numb mode) and he's alright. If I don't do a thing.. he reacts in a not-so-wonderful way. Am I reinforcing bad behavior? Nah, just letting him know he's got a strong leader to watch over him.