Originally Posted by iRide Ponies
Tried that once, on my pony who loves trails and goes quicker away from home than she does towards home. Ended up 5ks deep in the bush, totally lost.
Pony didn't want to go home. When given a choice, she went the opposite direction. Just goes to show, don't always trust your horse to take yourself home if you get lost, injured or fall off.
I have never had an Arabian let me down finding home. My first home grown horse took my party back to camp on her first ride. We could not tell which way the ride had gone, so I just backtracked a little and let her choose the path.
That ride was a little exciting, but her last ride was under my son, who hasn't a clue. She stayed with our group the whole ride, and was watching me for cues. They both amazed me, especially on a vertical climb.
I did not train her to ignore stuff. I turned her in and faced it. She has had a stand off with a vicious Pit Bull while I screamed my head off at the dog for five minutes. She wears my poncho and walks on tarps like nothing. Someday I'm going to remember to swing a rope and drag a log with her.