Crunching leaves a scary obstacle!
I live in the AZ desert and my horse by all accounts is unflappable or at least I thought.....until we walked on dried leaves! I was on a new trail, encountering the usual in AZ, rocks, cactus etc, and we came upon an area that looked like heaven to me....a few real trees with leaves! Not scrubby bushes but real trees. Well, the moment my horse took his first step on the crunching dried leaves he literally jumped like he was walking on fire! I waited a few minutes for him to calm down and tried again with a horse walking first ahead of him....same reaction. This was the first time I ever had to get off to maneuver around a scary thing and I was literally shaking like a leaf inside:lol:
Soooo, my question is...what is the protocol for handling scary stuff on the trail and how can I better prep him for next time.