Horse Spooking: Head down and spins

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Hi Everyone,

I have a new 6 year old mare who is absolutely wonderful in all respects - apart from being spooky. She's in new surroundings, so I imagine she'll settle, but looking for some advice. When I'm riding and she sees something she doesn't like, within seconds, she's put her head down and spins 180 degrees in the other direction. It's completely unbalancing and I've come off a few times which is throwing my confidence.

Does anyone have any advice other than keeping her focussed, on the bit and quick reactions (and a back protector ;)). Any tack that might help, tips or tricks, would be hugely appreciated!
 

paddy555

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she's young and she's new. I would long rein where you want to ride. That way you can drive her on whilst she gets more confident and you will remain on the ground and become more confident as you see she settles and improves.
 
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She's spooking in the arena. At anything really, loud noises seem to really set her off. Sometimes she leaps forwards, which is totally fine, it's when she puts her head down and spins/flees that it unseats me. Great idea on the long rein and the seat saver, thank you!
 

Birker2020

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Why don't you consider grass reins to prevent her from putting her head down.

It might be a physical problem, could it be that the tarmac is hurting her legs/feet if she does it out hacking?
I used to think it was the problem with my horse but after having coffin joints medicated road work made no difference and my horse continued to bounce along, she was never resistant go going out the gate, it just seemed like she couldn't wait to get home.

I'd suggest getting a vet to just give her the once over.
 

CMcC

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I found the noise cancelling fly veil was helpful. Pony used to spook down one side of the school. It is beside a wooded area and there was rustling and noise from neighbours further on. With his ears on he was much more settled. I found the Woofwear one excellent.
 
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