To prove my point I have a nine year old TWH that I have had since before he turned two years old. I broke him myself and have spend many hours on him and we have covered many miles of trails. A couple of summers ago I was riding in the Tenn. Mountains with a group of women.
I usually take the lead because my horse is always find with being up front and doesn't usually shy from anything. While we where riding through this wooded area on the back side of camp. My horse started snorting loud and his head and ears where up and he stiffen up. My friends horses refused to move, several where rearing up and turning around and running the other way. My horse hesitated and I told him to go on that it will be alright and touched him w/ my spurs. He went on snorting the whole time, ears up very tense. I wasn't going to let him get by with acting up and we went passed what ever it was that was upsetting him and the other horses. I was proud of myself for not letting him get by with it.
When I got to camp with the others, everyone asked did I see that black bear? No, I didn't. I was so determine that I was going to make my horse do what I said that I didn't see the bear. My horse was trying to warn me but I didn't listen. I am lucky that the situation didn't turn out different but I learned a lesson. Yes, my horse trust me but I need to trust him too.