That is exactly right, and I am having the same issue on a smaller scale with Darcy. He is not a spooky but horse, but lately he has been a little high on the cold weather and alfalfa hay and he has taken to jumping forward with a spook. I immediately brought the bit down on him, something I never do. But I shut him down on the first jump forward. My question is, how do I calm him after the spook. Do I let him stand and calm down, or immediately start walking again?