When we ride and he is in front on the trail he is hyper alert for things that are going to get him. Naturally when he is behind his head comes down and his alert level also drops to almost zero.. but when he is in front and going down the trail he is looking for anything that might get him.
He will see logs that look funny to him or a culvert sticking out, or a old tire thrown down in the woods. The other day there was some TV's that someone had dumped in the woods and you would have thought these were bears coming to get him.
When this horse spooks he sometimes will stop and whirl but usually he stops and starts backing up. Hubby has tried to turn him instead letting him back, that won't work. Hubby has tried to let him stop, relax and then go forward, he has tried turning him a different direction and then trying to go again in the direction we want to go, he has used spurs on him to force him forward. At first we thought he might not "see" too well because he spooks at crazy stuff the other horses hardly look twice at.. but I actually think he can see just fine.. he just has a loose screw sometimes..
Where we ride, it is not good to have a horse that starts backing and won't stop..
My question... does anyone have a good "fix" to this problem.. Hubby is planning to sell this horse if he can't stop the backing spook... he has other qualities that are great and he really doesn't want to sell. BUT... at the same time hubby doesn't want to get hurt on this horse. We are not young folks anymore and don't have YOUNG bones!! Haha!