Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I only have one data point - my mare. With her, it is best to let her face the scary thing. If need be, back up until she feels a safe distance, and then slowly approach. A few steps, stop & rub her neck and talk to her. I cannot PUSH her past it. I need to CALM her past it.
If I try to push her past it, it becomes even scarier. If I turn her, she assumes I want to run away...not good! It is best if I notice her fear soon enough that I can just stop her, let her observe, give a head down cue, maybe rub her neck, and approach a few steps closer. It takes time, but it is the only thing I've found that works with her.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."