Well, last night we reached the farm and she flat out refused like she did a year ago. She'd stop and spin around trying to go back toward home. Then, when I'd urge her forward she'd just back up. So I thought, okay, she wants to back up so I backed her all the way past the farm. (Make the wrong thing difficult.) Once we got past it, she was fine until I took her down a road I don't usually go down. We came to a bridge. Same thing, she stopped. When I squeezed with my legs to urge her forward she started backing full speed. Sooo, I turned her back around and we backed across the bridge. Next was an Amish farm. Same scenario. Coming back home was the same thing past the Amish farm and bridge. She was okay past the dairy farm.
So I'm wondering if I made a mistake by backing her. I want her to trust me enough to move forward when she's scared (which I thought I had achieved until our ride last night) so do you think making her go backwards is confusing her? I kind of feel like I taught her to just start backing up when she gets afraid. How do you handle refusals with your horse?