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Learning to Love the Spook: 10 Tips for Making a Friendly Ghost Out of Your Haunted Arena

28/08/2017 by Associate Professor Kirrilly Thompson, PhD (Social Sciences), CQUni Appleton Institute, South Australia

So, you’ve put time aside to ride, made the effort to get to your horse and have your training session planned perfectly in your mind. The sun is shining, there is no wind, you and your horse feel great. That is, until the arena Spook shows up, threatening to turn all your great expectations into bad vibrations. Leaving the stables after a frustrating ride, you feel like you wasted your time, go-over what you could have done better or simply wonder how it could have gone so wrong so quickly. 

First things first, your horse is not spooking to annoy you – even though it might feel that way. Spooking is a self-protective behaviour in response to fear, so you’re better off reassuring your horse, rather than getting annoyed or angry.