Originally Posted by Daisy25
I agree! This doesn't sound like a "groundwork issue" at all - just an owner who doesn't have the confidence (and/or skills?) to properly handle her horse.
If she doesn't establish her role as herd leader, and lacks confidence too, she's never going to be able to do anything with him and he may turn more dangerous.
Hence the reason I think Oxer should not be involved. What if he did that to her too, thinking she was the owner? Eh?
A trainer needs to be brought in, one that knows how to deal with blind bolting (or whatever he was doing) and I agree the owner either needs to gain some confidence or maybe think about a different horse (or lessons/leasing if she really lacks in the confidence department.)
I'm proof that you can gain confidence from being terrified of the horse you have. It's possible, just takes a lot of patience and time spent out of the comfort zone and a good riding instructor.
If she wants to overcome this, there has to be money involved. To pay, at least, a trainer. And at best, both a trainer AND riding instructor.