Curious what other people's opinions are on "watchy" horses. By watchy, I mean a horse that is not typically spooky or bothered by anything EXCEPT for people. Example: a horse you could ride while carrying a flag on fire, next to a tractor with a blow horn, while your cousin shoots a shotgun out of it - but the same horse will half jump out of its skin when you walk up to touch it. I've typically always avoided watchy horses throughout my life for 2 reasons. One is that they are hard to resell because a lot of timid or unknowledgable people are intimidated/scared by them when they act silly like that. The second reason is that I typically lose my patience with them. I have tried being super quiet and slow around them, to no avail. I have tried treating them like any other horse and ignoring the behavior, to no avail. I always kind of thought most watchy horses got that way from rough handling as a youngster or during breaking. Most of the watchy horses I know were raised in that way - and either get jumpy if you approach face first or get jumpy if you approach shoulder first. Now I own a (very young) youngster who I know has had very little handling throughout her life and no roughness. She is watchy. And she is like the horse I described above - you can go down the hay field, harvesting hay in huge machines and pulling out all the loud, crazy bells and whistles - she will be fine. But the first hand you put on her body results in twitches, flinches, and a "frozen in place but really I want to run away" reaction. This filly is fearless of anything and everything, willing to do anything you ask right away, and overall very pleasant/sweet. You can swing a rope, lunge whip, bag, etc all over her / on her and she's chill - but god forbid it's your hand! She is curious and likes attention (on her face), but about jumps out of her skin every time a person touches her. As I start to work with her through this, I find myself wondering if she will get over it eventually or if it's going to be a life-long trait like so many of the other horses I've met. Would love other experiences and thoughts!