Hey guys. I purchased a new Belgian mare under the impression that she was a seasoned trail horse. She is excellent under saddle..she knows her cues, she rides off the seat, she knows the words walk,trot,canter, she neck reins, backs up, ponies...you couldn't ask for a better riding horse. But she is the spookiest horse I have ever ridden! :-( I don't think she was a seasoned trail horse at all...she jumps at a leaf blowing on the ground! I have to get her desensitized to all of the things experienced on the trail...dogs, bags, tarps, creeks, etc, before I take her out. We have been walking her through our round pen while a tarp and some plastic bags blow in the wind around her. She was super jumpy the first few times but has settled down a bit. Can anyone give me some more ideas on how to get her familiar with the trail experience before getting her out on actual trails? Normally I would just jump on and go and use the trail to teach her, but she is the jumpiest horse I have ever been on...worse than our 3 year old QH. She doesn't just jump in place...she bolts off to the side and kicks up her heels. And that was at the horse-eating leaf that blew by! :?