I had always been told to let the horse look and examine the object till they got over it, so was doing that for a long time, and what do you know, there is always something for them to stop and "see". Recently a trainer friend of mine told me not to do that, to just ride past it and don't let them fixate on it. It seemed very odd and completely opposite of what I had always been told. Your explanation of this makes me understand why now. It is great fun learning things that will make such a difference in the enjoyment and confidence out on the trail. Thanks for posting that.
BUT I totally agree and NOW I understand! Thanks for pointing this out and explaining!