What should be the correct way to handle a spooky horse?
SOme people suggested that if I sense something is spooking the horse, I should turn the horse's head in the direction and let him see there's nothing to be afraid of?
While there's another school of thought which advises that I push the horse out to the spooky object. For example if the object is on the horse's left.. I should pull on the right rein to get the horse's shoulder closer to the object. At the same time, I should be using my right leg to press the horse over to the left. All this time, I should be just walking the horse; and not attempt to trot or canter. I should attempt to get the horse closer to the horse each time I go past the spooky object. It's only on the third round, that I should let the horse look at the object head-on
WHich method works better for you and why?
I am only a novice rider with confidence issues. I am afraid that while attempting to coax a horse to address the spooky object or even to get close to it; things might not go as planned.. I.e. That the horse might just rear his head so sharply that I lose control and fall again; or that the horse might just suddenly bolt while we are walking closer to the object?
What should I do to prevent that?