I make them walk home too because Ive always heard it was not a good thing to let them run to the barn...and I have the same issues at time with my 4 year old paint..he is such a sweet boy but does have his sneakie side...I really make mine mad (which I am testing them) when it looks like we are headed back to the barn and I make them turn or practice their backups...thats the real test, my walker learned quickly (and myself too) that I will stand there all day until he goes the direction I want..course I get the "tail swish" of unhappiness for it, and then we go to the barn. With my paint, you just never know, he is doing awesome for only having a month at the trainers and now with me, but a couple weeks of perfect Cochise, and then the "I dont want to do it" side comes out like yesterday...when we were headed back, made him turn around to go around a tree, at first no problems, next thing I know a buck fest with me trying to bring his head round so he cant buck anymore and praying we both wont end up on the ground. We calm down for a few minutes, put him thru some steps again because in my mind I will make him complete what we started, then off to the barn, where he got tied to the round pen for a couple hours(thats my idea of "time out") and watched his buddies get the grooming and treats for being good. And now I know he will be good again for a couple weeks..but then he will test me again but hopefully not. All I do is pray with me outwilling him and him outgrowing it, he will end up better for it. The worst part I have to force myself to stay mad at him (he really is a sweetheart most of the time) otherwise I know he would get worse. He thinks Im crazy anyway, so thats a good thing, keeps him on his toes.