Originally Posted by dressagefreak
Um, I had him for almost a year now. He has no problem when I ride him in an open area. Well, he does spook sometimes but it's minor but when I ride him in indoor arenas (wherever) he would spook a lot. My trainer says it's okay but I don't feel comfortable when I ride him. Would you like to see a video of when he spooks? I feel that he is just so alert and aware of anything and it is hard to bring his concentration back to me so if it is an open area, he would be more relaxed.
ClaPort is exactly right. It is YOU. And I don't mean that in a rude or offensive sense, but it is true.
Horses needs riders/handlers who are confident. If the rider is confident, the horse is confident. If the rider is uncomfortable or nervous, the horse will be too. If the rider is afraid, the horse will be too.
You'll have to work on controlling your nerves, before you can attempt to control him. When you are in the indoors arena, you need to imagine and pretend you are riding outside and nothing can go wrong. Take deep relaxing breathe to keep your body relaxed. And it sound silly, but singing
keeps you and the horse relaxed. Pick a relaxing tune and sing or hum it. Even if your mind is in panic, do not let it show in your body. Do not tense up; do not grip on the reins. Stay relaxed.
When you horse loses focus on your because he is trying to spook at something, you HAVE to get his attention back on you. It can be making small circles, or stopping and backing, or sidepassing. It doesn't matter as long as you keep your horse's feet moving
, in the manner that you ask him to.
I can totally understand you being gun shy after getting bucked off a couple times, but you've got to beat your mind at its own game. Think confident
and your horse will be too.