Originally Posted by wetrain17
I am not suggestion doing this but have to share...
My friend was attending a clinic for cutting. Her QH was terrified of the cows! Blowing hot air and all. So the clinician told her to get off and he took the horse and turned her out in a pen with some cows. She ran around for about 2 minutes, stopped, took a breathe and was fine ever since with cows. My friend got back on her horse and continued with the clinic like nothing happened.
I would do this. Not so that the horse is swamped in the middle of a massive herd but if you know the guy who has the cattle I would perhaps speak to him and see if he has a spare field you could move say two or three cows into and turn your horse loose. Once he is fine with them I would ride him in the field with the cows and then progress onto the roads. Roads are dangerous enough at the best of times you don't need your horse spinning and bolting for home in the middle of traffic. I actually have done this with a few of my horses. We are on a farm so they have to get use to all livestock including chickens and machinery and now all my horses live happily in a field with sheep, cows, chickens, and a goat. If you don't know the guy then just do small steps as mentioned above. Good luck!