I recently bought a 9 year halflinger gelding. He was an Amish buggy horse, used for light farm work, and skidding firewood. When he first came here, he would drive fine but would not skid any dead weight . I started to work him on pulling a small tire and worked up to a 6x6 pole and was doing a good job.
then came the night of the wreck, I was ground driving him back to the barn and I stepped into a woodchuck hole and went down and spooked him. He ran off and after a mile he lost the singletree that was hitting in the back of the legs and after another mile we finally caught him.
Since that night he is very spooked. He is fine leading, grooming, working on his hoofs until the harness is on him. He will drive a short distance but spooks very easily and if something touches his hind legs he will start to shake and get very nervous.
Anybody has a idea to help him I would appreciate it. Bill