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Alright so today I went to go look at a rocky mountain horse and I really enjoyed riding him and everything but he is very timid. He isn't anxious or sppoky he just seems to flinch if you pat him too hard or come up to him too fast he'll flinch (not move his body just flinch). I'm wondering if I buy this horse do you all think that he will get more comfortable with me or will he always be that way? Have any of you ever had this problem? He is four years old, the people now have never abused him but the owners before may have been more rough than they should have? Advice Please
 

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There's no reason why he won't come around with a little TLC. Any new horse needs an adjustment period anyway to get used to you; it just may take him a little longer. Consistent, quiet handling and work around him is probably all you're really going to need to do. It most likely will take a bit longer than usual, but there's no reason why you can't do it.
 

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Before you start to ride him start on the ground. The trails you go riding on instead of riding them walk him so he gets use to the noise and surroundings.
 

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We got a horse last summer that I believe was abused at some point in his life and was very flinchy when we got him. He would shy away when you lifted your hand to pet him, he is much better now, I always made sure that I would talk in a really calm voice whenever I did something around him and still do. Some TLC and soft words go a long way.
 
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