As mentioned before, Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is a small paperback handbook that describes how to build a relationship with your trail horse where it will trust your judgment. Here's what it says about spooking: "The stronger your partnership is with your horse, the quicker he will learn to confront fearful things on the trail. KEEP YOUR HORSE'S HEAD TOWARD THE FEARFUL OBJECT. Approach at a walk making circles around it or loops beside it. As he gets nearer, have him stand and praise him.......guide him closer to the object and praise him for obeying your cues to stand.......It is dangerous to dismount
and try to lead your horse to encounter something of which he is frightened, because the chance that he can jump on you is high..............Employing repetition of the maneuvers to teach your horse to confront something scary until he can walk by or "chase" (moveable like a bicycle) it three
times in a calm
manner becomes boring to your horse as well as to you....." Horses dislike boredom, so this repetition is a good tool. Horses are intelligent enough to learn to choose
not to react to something rather than experience boring repetition!