.... you can watch some more of yesterday's GoPro footage!
I've been asked a few times about how 'looky' O can get on the trail. The truth is, she still looks at things, but mostly with interest, and she does spook once in awhile, but it is rare and it isn't ever anything huge (except for sometimes). For the most part, you can take her anywhere, hop right on, and off you go with the same horse you showed up with. She wasn't like this when I got her - I couldn't ride her out in the big field without her totally melting down. Not any more!
So what's the secret? Honestly? Go ride the pants off of them, everywhere that you can. Throw everything and the kitchen sink at them, and just act like it's normal everyday stuff. If you see something and anticipate that it will be scary, it will become scary to them. They know exactly what you're thinking and feeling. If you see a scary trash can and tense up, they automatically go, "why is she scared? Is she scared of that? I should be scared of that too! It must be scary!" If you act like EVERYTHING is No Big Deal, it quickly becomes No Big Deal. Even if they come across something scary that really does scare them - the emus scare the pants off of her when they get near the fence and start flapping around like crazy - just act like it's no biggie and push onward. If you give them your bravery, they'll become brave too.