Hi all. So my new horse and I were working on cavalettis about 3 weeks ago. Before hand, we (my trainer and I) had longed him over a very small jump (1-1/2 feet) and he did very well on it, no freaking out or anything.
But the next week, when I walked him over some cavalettis, he freaked out, refused, and started running to the side. I don't know if this helps at all, but he always ran to the right side, never to the left. He never liked galloped, just for like one step he felt really fast, like he was about to run, but calmed down or I got control of him before he could.
When my trainer grabbed him and lead him over while I was riding, he did just fine, and behaved like a gentleman.
Later, after my lesson was wrapping up, I lead him over from the ground, and even when his foot hit the bar, he was fine. He was so good!
But earlier in the lesson, when his foot hit the bar, he freaked out! (Okay, so he never bolted or bucked, he just sped up to a trot(he's really lazy))
Why do you suppose that that is what happened? I was using cavalettis because he needs to work on his feet coordination, as the week before he forgot to put his foot in front of the other and fell. He CAN do them, as he free jumped beautifully.
What can I do to make him not afraid and to work on his coordination? He really should work on it, as I don't want to repeat him falling again, and soon he will be coming to live at my house, and a trainer won't be working with us every time I ride.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!