For me after spending sometime with the people who train their horses to be good for it I started working with my pony. You can now walk under his belly and slide off his butt with him standing in the middle of the field and he won't move or do a thing about it. It's not something I think is the safest thing in the world, so I don't plan to keep doing it (And when I did you bet there was full protective gear). It was namely to give something a try and desensitize him a bit for those "Just in case" moments. Which it actually did come in handy when I came home to find someone brought their kids over and didn't watch them enough to notice the four year old run in the field with the horses, who then went under Shnooks belly to reach up and start petting his belly saying "Good big horsey". Of course I hurried over and the dad got an EARFUL when I got back but I was pretty glad to have had him used to it enough to know not to move. This isn't saying a horse won't spook, but I had to admit that it did come in handy for the short time it needed to as things could have gone (And would have if he didn't get used to me doing it) much worse. (Sigh, people need to watch their kids if they go to a farm. Short visit or not. XP).
So guys, what're your opinions?