Yes horses are funny like that! For my clyde out XC I carry the crop for extra brakes (really!) because he's so big and gets to excited he forgets I am there. So when we're done with the XC course, to keep from DQing by continuing on to the last few jumps for the next level up, I pull out the crop and tap him in the head repeatedly until he remembers OH! Mom is up there! I should listen to her! Lol
It's too funny to watch bc once he realizes i'm tapping his head to get his attention he immediately slows down and will stop and turn his head up around and look at me like oh hi mom! There you are! I forgot haha!