I'm curious....there's this one horse at the barn and he's completely "yellow" (or frightened of everything, from mud, to lead ropes, to saddles, to birds). At first he was getting alot better but now he's horrible.
I was working with him on going over a verticle with some flowers underneath...he pulled out and once I got my feet back in the stirrup I made him do a circle and go back to the jump...yet again he pulled out.... when I went to make him do a circle he totally paniced and reared up. Scary actually hehe.
So I got him to do a circle afterwards then got off him and went to "try" to lunge him over the jump to get his fear away. Well he would NOT let me get close to him. I wasn't yelling at hi, nor was I running at him or approaching him too quickly...but he'd toss his head up and back up and not let me even get close to him.
I kept trying the "retreat" method...I'd turn and walk away...and then try to approach again...but still he wouldn't let me get close.
I finally got his bridle off and let him run for a while (he just did it himself) and after that he'd let me put his bridle back on...but he would not walk with me.
I grabbed a crop and gently gave him a tap on the shoulders and said "walk on" but he just froze there.
After probably 20 minutes of coaxing and pulling he finally came.
What are some ways to help him get over his fear on everything? To teach him to listen better both while leading and in the saddle? And get him not herd bound (yes he's herd-bound also....we've tried seperating, but it didn't work)?
I've tried parelli with him...but he wouldn't let me get close to him with the carrot stick...infact he broke one of the parelli halters :roll: