Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I've known a lot of young horses to be afraid of their own shadow, and even more afraid of their shadow with a rider. Some horses are afraid of rocks, some are afraid of the wind, and some, apparently, are afraid of shadows. You may try working with him while either on the ground or riding, and introduce him to all sorts of shadows. You can even get a flashlight and make shadow puppets on the wall. =]
It may be an eye issue, I'm not sure if cushings affects the eyes or not, but it might. The only way to know for sure if have a vet check.
I also wouldn't discipline a spook, whether he is faking it or not. What you are doing, by bringing him back and forth a few times is all you need to do. Try and keep him really busy while you're riding him. Lots of circles and transitions and leg yields so he has to use his brain, and therefore can't concentrate on things to "spook" at. While you are riding, don't expect him to spook, but be ready for it in case he does. When he does spook, try your best to ignore him. He needs to know that by faking a spook, it doesn't change anything.
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 08-21-2009 at 01:25 AM.