The Gray and his Cape!
The Gray is still jumpy from time to time. So, it was time to turn up the pressure a little more. He has been here, now, going on his 3rd month. He has done really well except for that little bit of fear.
I have used this method on other horses that have come here and it has really worked wonders for them. I take a very large blue tarp. I guess you could use a gray tarp, but I don't think you will get the same results. (That was a joke!) I fold it out and find the center of it. I then run my rope loop, to the center and cinch it up. I let the horse drag this around be hind him while I keep control of how close it gets to the horse. Letting it get closer, and closer, then letting it move back and away. I do this for a bit and then tie the tarp to the saddle horn with equal amounts of tarp on both sides of the horse. When he settles down, and I'm pretty sure he can handle the pressure, I will turn him loose in the round pen and let him figure some things out for himself.
I have seen this method make some really big changes in horses. However, I do not suggest you do this on your own if you are even a little bit nervous about it. It's not for every horse and for sure not for every owner. But it works.
My neighbors son is getting married today and Kathy and I have been invited to the wedding. I have day worked for Mike for a few years now and I'm really going to miss that. They are good neighbors. Would do anything they could to help you if you needed it, but not a bother.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.