My Arabian likes to look. At first, I let her look for as long as she wanted and move on when she was ready. That didn't work for her. She got even spookier and more inclined to look. Now, every time she rolls her head to the side, snorts, and starts to look, I ride her past whatever she's worried about hard
. At the first sign of hesitation, I put her into a trot and retain forward motion past it. Because who is she to decide what's safe and what's not? That's my job as the rider. When I say it's safe, it's safe.
This doesn't work for my SSH. If I try to ride her past something that scares her, she gets more paranoid and stays paranoid the whole ride. I let her look. I don't even ask her to go forward. She stops, I let her. She goes when she can handle it. She very
rarely spooks, so when she's scared of something, I'm inclined to think it might be a legitimate threat. One time, she refused to cross a dam. I got off to lead her across. I stepped onto that dam and fell through that soft dirt.
Smart horse. I've ridden my poor Arabian into soft spots before, but my SSH keeps me out of trouble.