So my new horse came from the country, never stabled, kept out in big empty pasture with other horses. His new agistment isn't stabled as such, but he's kept in a little sectioned off "day yard" with open access to green pasture (about arena sized). The agistment has a bunch of these so all the sheds are facing each other. My issue is he doesn't like the enclosed space. To the point that even if he's in a back paddock, the bush enclosing it scares him. I cant walk him down an alley about 10 feet wide because theres bush on one side. He doesn't stand in his shed to eat, he just reaches in. When we walk past the stable complex (20 meters away) (barn kind of thing) he is dancing around as though a lion will come out. He is fine with the enclosed space of a float, and he's fine if I walk him between say two close trees, or two close barrels. It just seems to be this thing of the enclosing feel of bush, or the presence of big enclosed structures like the stable. When he's back in his paddock, he breathes out and relaxes. I know its just instinct, but I was hoping someone would have some tips? He's been here for about two months now. My methods so far (that don't seem to be working) - walking him past, remaining calm, not thinking that he's going to freak out (he still does) - Walking him, letting him graze nearby, then circling him around a bit closer, eat some grass. - Walking him past the barn with me on the "scary" side - worked better, but as soon as it got behind us, he was wary and trying to trot forwards. I can't do this yet properly as he is not used to being led from the right hand side, which im working on. - I let him go on the top paddock to explore himself after I couldn't get him to work the day before as he was too scared (made him do one good thing to end on a good note before we left though) - he galloped from one corner to the next, staring out at the bush. He would then run to stand near the gate wanting to be let out. - Shown him another horse walking through/past - he thought they were a threat, then realised they were a horse and just kept on high alert. I can handle his spooks - they're not the worst I've dealt with - but it makes me apprehensive if I'm riding and he spooks constantly at these things, or if they become bigger. His ground manners are okay - I've been doing Parelli. He'll walk when i walk, stop when i stop (providing he's not scared), he respects my space, he waits for food. He's fine with sudden noises, sudden movements (I'm known to test this by randomly star jumping in his paddock) - unless its near an enclosed space eg cat running from between sheds, person walking out of barn/stable complex Once again, I know its instinct **) I'm just hoping someone will have a tip to help me out so he realises he's not threatened. And I know it might be me being the problem - I make myself calm, breath in and out, not think he's going to be scared, and when he does spook, I act like nothing happened other than giving him a calm voice saying silly boy dont worry and such. And I also heard that if you stare at the place as well, that makes them know its a threat, so I just look where I wanna go. or when he was in the paddock free roaming i went to the fence he was looking out and put my back to the bush. (he ran away a few seconds after) Oh, and when we were in the paddock, he wouldn't come away from gate so I walked the perimeter, then stood in one corner and he came away and into the middle of the paddock to eat peacefully. Only when I went back to the gate did he start running around scared. Maybe I can take a gopro video on our next walk so you can see? Note: Sorry for long text!! Didn't realise!