Open field freak out! Any help appreciated.
I have a 3 yr old tb gelding. He is a really good and sane guy but really has a hard time mentally whenever we ride into an open field. He is much more relaxed when we ride in the woods. I have tried riding and hand walking him into several open fields. Every time we go he tenses every muscle, his eyes get as big as saucers and his head is sky high. When I try to get his attention by walking a circle or giving him half halts, he gets cranky (again he is 3). Any advice so that him and I can enjoy a nice trail ride on occasion? Oh, and he was never on the track but was briefly trained for it.