08-18-2011, 06:08 AM
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Horses are claustrophobic by nature. You can practice at home until your horse will literally go anywhere you point her but you can't prepare for every contingency. What this preparation does is to train your horse that refusal is not an option.
That being said, I never get off my horse if she refuses to go somewhere - ever. Not only is it dangerous, it rewards your horse that stopping means rider dismount. I don't care if it takes all day - my horse is going to go forward. The preparation/training I did at home comes into play and I'll use several methods to move her but all from the saddle.
When any refusal happens on the trail while riding with friends, the rider with the problem announces "training break" and we'll wait for however long it takes to correct the problem - offering suggestions and any help required.