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.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)