World known trainer Doug Mills shades some light on the situation and offers expert advice on how to deal with a scared and anxious horse.
With all the different programs out there we almost need a translator for the different terminology’s. My view of a nervous horse is a sensitive horse. Arabians and Thoroughbreds generally fall into this category. But because of good breeding programs you can find sensitive horses in any breed.
Some people get along with sensitive horses while others don’t. I find leadership is what’s lacking and communication is the key.
A sensitive horse cannot handle unclear pressure. I find most of the time horses are nervous from a lack of understanding. The rider is trying to control the horse and the lack of understanding causes anxiety.