Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mariposa, CA USA
• Horses: 0
Could be she doesn't feel secure with you on her back when she goes through the mud...the extra weight could make her feel she's sinking deeper than she's used to...? I'm new to horses, too, and have played the "Nope, not doing it, going home" trick many many times! Usually, Sunny is just being a b*tt head, and stubborn. But being firm has worked...mostly! The one time he really refused, and I used more than firm force, I ended up on my back in a feild, with horse no where to be found. So firm, but not HARD seems the way to go. And repeat repeat repeat. On both sides. (left brain/right brain)
Spurs sounded good to me too. I tried them, once. Never again. The reaction was swift and not good. (Sunny is a rescue, and I have no idea what the owners did to him, but patience gets great results...force, not so much!)
I do have a crop, but have yet to use it.
It's the little things that drive me wild...