Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training/Scared Horse

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I have been working consistently for four years with a horse who had been abused in the past. I had made substantial progress & have been able to ride him in just a halter around the farm. A few weeks ago while mounting something spooked him; he reared & I fell off. I was able to calm him down, mount & finish my ride. The 3 others times I had attempted to ride him ended with/ the same result. Since that day; he has been so scared of me & everyone down at the farm. I am no longer able to catch him when he is in his field. He snorts & stays at a distance from me.I sit in his field for upwards of 3 hours waiting patiently for him, I talk to him to try to re-assure him there is nothing to be scared of, sometimes I will just read my book out loud to him. I always have carrots & apples with me in hopes he will approach. I am not sure how else to proceed with him, it seems he has lost all trust in me. Any suggestions on how else to re-build my bond with him would be helpful & greatly appreciated.

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It is you who has lost trust. Stop begging him, he sees that as weakness. Stop failing when you get on him, be ready, stop him and don't let him get away with moving or running off.  You are scared, you are being overly cautious, you are not showing him that you are a strong leader that he can trust. You don't trust him so why should he trust you.

Stop making excuses for his past abuse, he does not care about that and you are the only one that wants to remember that and bring it up to give you an excuse when you fail.

This is about you not the horse and the horse knows it. Unless and until you get over your fear and trust issues, this horse never will.

Go out there and stop begging, catch him or make him move for three hours, don't go read a book to him, he does not want to hear your voice and fear, he knows you are begging and only lower horses beg, higher horses make you listen. Read my web site and watch my videos.

This is people problem, NOT a horse problem.

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--Rick is a student of the horse. I have over 450 free videos on Youtube about horses. I believe in and practice "Natural Horsemanship". I ride mainly western and don't use or promote spurs, bits, or whips. Reins are only one cue for the horse. Using the entire body helps the horse understand. I define riding as a human and horse working together for the enjoyment of both. Pain and fear should not be part of the equation. If you expect feel good advice, you will be disappointed. 95% of all my answers will include the problem is you and not your horse. About 90% of most answers that I give out are on my web site, so if you read it you will probably answer your own question and may learn a few other things. If you ask me a question that I answer on my site or video I will send your question to the question pool.

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Rick is an experienced horseman with over 35 years of riding and handling horses. Rick grew up in Texas around horses and horse people. He has started colts, ridden many horses with behavior issues and worked with problem horses. (He believes that most horse problems are really people problems) He believes in and practices natural horsemanship and continues to read and study books by great horsemen. He routinely attends clinics, talks with and discuss horse issues with other clinicians and trainers. He has never met a horse that could not be fixed. Rick believes it is never the horse's fault and with proper handling, all problems can be worked out.

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I have life long experience in being around and working with horses. Over the years I have watched good horsemen do the right thing and seen the wrong things done with bad results. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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