I have a 5 year old Arab that I just started under saddle last summer. I bought him pretty unhandled and have spend countless months working on the basics indoors as well as repetitive groundwork. He is turning into a great little horse, however transfering him to the outdoors has become a challenge. He can be confident and willing, however when scared he not only spooks but bolts off, rears, spins around on his hind legs, etc. Not only does it honestly scare the **** outta me, but it makes me a more nervous rider which makes training even harder. I got dumped pretty bad this spring, which has shot my confidence, but I got back on and refuse to give up. There just something about his spooks that I can not "ride out" He is pretty small, 14.3, and when he acts he raises his head, hollows his back, and scurries his legs everywhere as fast as he can. I seriously am on the ground before I even know what has happend. So my question is: what can I do to help myself get through this? I know he is scared and not being bad, trust me I know when he is being bad, but I can not seem to correct him before its too late. People have suggested a running martingale so I have a little help getting his head back down, however I HATE training devices. Should I just let go of my pride and use the martingale? I ride in a snaffle and he has a very sensitive mouth, but when scared he just seems to forget all of his training and his "flight" mode kicks in. I hope I don't sound like a raging idiot, lol, I used to be a super confident rider that wouldn't have a problem dealing with a horse like this, however once in a great while we all get "THAT HORSE" that changes the way we feel about hitting the ground
Thank you all!