Originally Posted by Spirithorse
. The worst thing you can do is push him toward it, that will destroy his confidence. What I would do first, though, is find a puddle (or make one!) and work on this from the ground before working on it under saddle.
Funny I just push my babies forward and before long there is nothing NOTHING that will stop them. If my guy refused something I would bump him with my spurs and he will move forward. I have always followed this philosophy. I started a new guy last summer and I picked a large puddle and just told him this is it and until he give in we are going to keep fighting over this thing. It took about 5 minutes of rearing and slamming into trees but he quickly gave in, walked through the deep mud puddle and from that time on never refused again.