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I am fighting the spook monsters myself. At least he doesnt rear and bolt and spin any more, and I can get him moving forward. He does like to stop think and then turn though. Or like you at a canter he will either freeze in place or jump straight sideways. Makes it kinda nerve racking to ride fast.
Lately he has discovered a tremendous fear of small branches with pine needles or leaves still attached laying in the trail, Now these are trails in the woods with branches everywhere , but let one be broke and laying in the trail.
Some people do the stop and snff, thing, umm no. I dont want my horse stopping and sniffing stuff constantly. Also it doesnt seem to help on the next object just that one.
Next I tried pulling his head back straigh as he goes by looking at the object and healing him on.
Next I let him just keep looking and run head first into a few trees, that seemed to get him paying attention a bit better, but he still does the jump sideways thing.
Last time I rode I used a modified CLinton Anderson technique which seemed to get results.
Riding along any time he would spook Id spur his *** and one rein stop and spin him race back past the object, barrel race turn around, go by, repeat a few times then go by it at my original direction and pace. Any reaction to the object got a repeat. After a few of these episodes he seemed to get the hint. I few times I could see him tense up at an object but then you could almost see the gears in his brain going as he quickly remembered flinching or jumping got him running in circles.
 
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