Never turn your horse away from the scary thing. I also try not to let the horse look either, it sometimes just psychs them out. I usually just try to keep moving, even if I have to trot or canter past it. (if the ground allows for a faster gait then a walk).
But If your horse just plants himself and won't go past something...I'll click and squeeze him with my legs, if that doesn't work, I'll kick, if that doesn't work and I don't have a crop, I'll smack him on the butt with my hand. If that doesn't work, I'll get off and hand walk him past. Then, get back on and keep walking past until he gets used to it.
I think if a horse stops and stares at something he is more curious then scared. Scared horses usually try and run in the opposite direction. When they are staring you kind of need to snap them out of their trance, and keep them moving. The overall goal is to keep moving forward.
Last edited by ErikaLynn; 11-28-2011 at 05:52 PM.