I've recently started working with my six year old Standardbred mare to break her into Western and it got me thinking how she would react being at a new places and around new horses. The reason I'm thinking of this is because I was at my local county fair this past weekend and I hung around watching the other horses in events and such... and I thought to myself how they were so calm around the other hundred horses or so and how they were fine "meeting" other horses. And, some of the horses had never been on that location/site so the buildings and everything were new to them.
How does one get they're horse to be calm at all areas? Do some just adapt and realize its nothing scary to them? I know that touching your horse with tarps, blankets, towels, carrot-sticks, balls, etc... will help them lose fear of objects and realize they're no danger to them. And when most horses meet another new horse, they somewhat tend to squeal and kinda freak out with each other.
SO... my main question is, how can I get my horse to be calm at new places and around new horses? I know when I move my two horses into another paddock with a few others, they tend to fight and squeal with each other for a day or two until they begin to like one another.