Spooky Objects: To Dwell or Not To Dwell?
Q: Is it better to not let a nervous horse look at and examine things he might spook at? —Cheri, Oklahoma

A: In general, it actually seems helpful to let your horse check out a spooky object. Just be sure to allow the horse to approach a potentially scary object or situation at his own pace, rather than forcing him, so that he stays below the panic point. If the horse is too wary to approach the object, in some circumstances I like to entice it with positive reinforcement or a distractor such as grain. If your horse is target-trained, you can also oft

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