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Re: RC: Spooking - Spook and Spin

Looks like we are both in the same boat. I am fairly green. I just got back 
into horses a couple years ago after not having any for 20 years. Also my 
guy will be cantering along the trail and spook at his own shadow.

I sent him off to some really top notch trainers and as far as the spooking 
goes, I wasted my $$. The only thing that has helped is for me to be a 
better rider (with a helmet and crash vest). :)

Keeping my head up and looking "with soft eyes" as S. Swift says.
Feeling the spook coming on.
Being better balanced.
The helmet and crash vest keeps my confidence up and my pulse down so my 
fearfulness does not get translated to him.
Working with him myself has built a better relationship.
Getting him out on the trail with horses that are steadier.
Letting the steadier horses be ahead of him on the trail. They didn't spook 
he probably won't either.

I think your friends advice was best. The trainers I went to helped my horse 
with carriage, balance, and pace, but it was all areana work, so not very 

Lisa LeChatton
Garland, Tx

----Original Message Follows----
Subject: RC:  Spooking - Spook and Spin
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 20:13:45 GMT

Dear Ridecampers,

It's me again - the one with the 6yo Arabian gelding that spooks - and ever
once in a while, spooks and spins so hard it leaves me in the dirt. I 
decided that he needs to go to a trainer. I "may" have found one and 
am waiting to talk to him prior to turning my little steed over  to him.
Problem. Another Arabian trainer, judge, etc. I know just happened to be at 
local store last night. I stopped to say hello and told her of my plight. 
was very diplomatic - which I can appreciate - but basically said my horse
would always be spooky - to a degree - and I might not be a good enough 
to detect his spooks in time. And she said I might be better off with an
older/settled Arabian or another breed. Ridecampers; I know there are
"numerous" variables here but I'm in need of serious "general" 
from long standing Arabian owners. Am I throwing good money after bad? Can a
good/reputable trainer correct this problem? And/or do I need training if I 
determined to keep this horse?

Ruth Abair in NE Texas

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