I ride my horse hard in hard country. We sidle around slip faces , we slide on our bums into creeks where we have no idea whats in the bottom or how deep they are, we climb banks and wade through hock deep bogs. We walk up and down ridiculously steep tracks and ride razor back ridges where there is only a couple of feet between you and certain depth. I find challenging terrain to be an excellent way to bond with your horse. If my horse and I didn't trust each other we would have come to a very sticky end by now.