first ride since the fall
A couple months ago, I took my Quarab Chief out for a ride, no big deal 'cause I always go bareback daily. But, that time, someone let two dogs out of the house and they chased after him. He galloped, and I stuck to it until he locked his knees, dropped his hindquarters and his neck, and I tumbled over his head. He dragged me down the road past three driveways, and I couldn't use my left hand for a month.
Fastforward two months. I took Chiefy boy out for the first time since the fall, with a saddle this time. He has no confidence whatso ever now! Everything makes him jump, he used to be able to walk past firetrucks with blaring sirens but now just seeing one makes him edgy. Sprinklers make him jump, shadows spook him, but the worst happened when we got onto the trail. A group of joggers tried to pass us from the front, he froze up and tensed. I patted his neck and shushed at him, tightening his reins. When they didn't slow down, he pivoted and took off... and narrowly missed falling into a ditch. Funny thing is... after they stopped and let us pass, he went through the tunnel that he's never ever gone through before since he put a hoof through the first tunnel we ever went in, and I'd had to avoid them since then. So, now I have to deal with a horsey with no confidence. Wish me luck.
Any advice? He refuses to woah now, too. We ride western.
A good rider can hear his horse speak to him, a great rider can hear his horse whisper, but a bad rider won't hear his horse even if it screams at him.