I had a mare many years ago that was a teensy bit stubborn. She would decide she didn't want to cross the creek she had crossed a dozen times before, or some other train "obstacle." Her biggest nemises was the underpass that goes under I-40 near our house. She would cross the overpass without a second thought - even with big semi trucks running underneath making the bridge vibrate - the horns honking didn't bother her either, or I would have become a hood ornament in a hurry! Back to the overpass thing. As far as I know, there was only one other creature on earth that was more stubborn than that mare - and that was me!
I never forced her to go anywhere, but I would not let her go anywhere but the direction I wanted her to. If I urged her toward the underpass and she spun back around, I just turned her right back around until we faced the underpass again. It took us nearly an hour before she let out this HUGE sigh (I give UP!) and walked calmly (for the most part) under the highway. We had a few more "go rounds" from time to time there - or at some other location - but I always won out.
One time, she refused to cross a stupid patch in the pavement! Other horses were passing us right and left, but she just stood there looking like it was some eighth wonder of the world and she was not going near it. We were heading for the line up area for a parade and were on a bit of a schedule. I was glad she gave in relatively quickly, that time! She really looked pretty stoopid lifting her feet way high like she was a cat wading through a water puddle!
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!