Originally Posted by nrhareiner
I do not like the term or idea of desensitising a horse. I prefer to give the horse emotional control. By doing this the horse learns how to handle pressure vs. just learning how to not be afraid of one thing in one area and one type of enviroment.
LOL, you give a horse 'emotional control' in a stressful or scary situation and I can guarantee the result. As a flight animal it will run away and if you are on its back, you go with it no matter how much you think your horse trusts you. Been there, tried that, didn't get a t-shirt but I got one helluva sore bum.