Bravery is a strange thing. Its even stranger in horses.
Secret is not a very brave horse. She is skittish and nervous when outside of her comfort zone. It takes a lot of coaxing and praise to get her to accomplish something new or overcome a fear.
But apparently, not all of the time.
The other day, I decided to go for a quick ride at lunch time, and took her up over the top of the hill. One of the farm's workers had the articulated tractor and disk harrow (for non-farmers, this is a really large tractor and a harrow for tilling the soil) in the same field we were riding in. She stopped and looked at it, and then we followed along while Bob harrowed. We didn't get that close, and I don't ride in tilled land because the footing is too deep, but still, I was pretty impressed that she was following along.
Every now and then the discs would hit a rock and make an awful scraping noise (rock on metal - its never a good sound). She didn't even mind that. I left that field and went to ride in the adjacent cow pasture. I snapped a picture of the harrow, from far away. The interesting thing is you can see a parked tractor and manure spreader. Secret has never seen this move, and I've ridden her by it multiple times. She still scoots right as we pass it. Bravery is a strange thing.