Getting a horse used to Norco/Street trails
A lot of you are probably familiar with Norco trails, but for those of you who aren't, they're on residential streets. At any moment a motorcycle could go by or someone could be rolling their trash barrels out to the street, etc. I recently got my new horse, and she was not used to these types of trails. She is incredibly smart and a quick learner (she does some of the pirelli stuff, and some desensitizing, and has amazing manners) but she does NOT like the stuff she isnt used to, and does one of 2 things. She either freezes and gets really "big" (and I don't know if she plans on bolting) or she spooks quickly sideways. I'm hand walking her on the street for now trying to get her used to it, I try to be confident, although sometimes I'm not the best at doing that since she's big and sometimes invades my personal space (we're working on exercises to correct that....she's a good learner about it if she isn't scared of something). I want to be able to trail ride her. She's an amazing arena horse, lots of hunter and dressage training, she just doesn't like those streets. SHould I keep hand walking her? I'm a little wary of even riding her while other people ride with me because I don't completely trust her, and on a street it might not be worth testing (if she spooks in front of a car....not good). Am I being a wuss? Any suggestions to help me be more confident and help her? Am I doing the right thing?