Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
You'll get a lot of opinions here, but in my experience it really depends on your horse's disposition and you'll have to pick what works best by trying different approaches....
Our youngest mare is the most nervous out alone, but is also extremely trusting. If she sees a spook, she'll just stop, but will continue however you want (towards it, away from it, etc) with a little leg and a rub on the neck.
Out middle mare is extremely curious. If she sees a spook, she'll want to stop and take a good, long look. If it's interesting enough to her, she'll actually want to go and examine it up close, otherwise, she'll just ignore it and continue on.
Not much bothers our experienced lead mare. If something doesn't look right to her, she'll just keep an eye on it without breaking stride.
Try different methods, but whatever you do, keep a pulse on the fear level of your horse. You never want to push a horse that is afraid to the terrified level. At that point they will operate on instinct and are no longer thinking (or listening to you). Even if you just pass by the spook, the more times you do it your horse will learn that it won't be eaten by it.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
Last edited by PaintHorseMares; 08-14-2011 at 10:21 PM.