Hi guys, there has been so much said in a negative context about desensitising horses. There is a lot of thought that desensitising a horse doesn't make him brave or learn to trust you as a rider. What I say is that trail riding is very, very different to day to day riding and you have to take into account your environment. If your horse is going to be used in a built up area, few open spaces, narrow country roads, then you have little choice but to de-sensitise. It doesn't mean your horse will be rubbish. Infact, quite the opposite. We Brits use our horses for slightly different things such as police work (and I am speaking about crowd and riot control), ceremonial duties with thousands of people milling around etc. Have a look at this video by one of the British Police Forces. Says it all really. I have desensitised my Clydesdale to being almost 'bombproof' becaues he and I have to stay safe not only on roads but also around people too.