I am new to the forum, but have heard how helpful it can be
I have a 14 year old QH gelding. I have suffered from some confidence issues in the past and am a newer rider. I have been riding for about a year now and take fairly regular lessons. I feel like I have over come most of it. It seems the more confident I become, the spookier my horse is getting.
I moved him to a new facility on Jan. 1st. This facility is only .5 miles from where we were boarding. It is so close, that on moving day we just rode over. He has stayed with my husband's horse, so he isn't lonely. We are still riding on the same trails he has been riding since August. My routine has stayed the same and the ground work has become more advanced. I see and ride my horse about 4 times a week. The spooks are getting worse on trail and at the ranch. I actually came off the other day for the first time. He spooked at the end of the ride, then slipped in a gully with his back rear hoof. He is not confident on loose ground. He then spun and reared, which landed me on my tush!
Max is a great trail horse with lots of miles. I feel like we have made great strides in our relationship, but this spooking has got to end. He was less spooky when I rode him scared the day after I got him.
Any help or ideas would be appreciated!