I haven't had my new horse very long. He is coming 7 years old in the spring. The first time I rode him to try him was in a hilly wooded area with some downed trees and he crossed lower downed trees fairly well - quietly stepping over them.
We rode in our local park about 5 weeks ago and crossed a log that was little higher than his knees. All of the horses had some trouble crossing it. When he did go last time he crossed ok with his front legs and the jumped high and awkward with his back legs, twisting when he went nearly unseating me. It is at the bottom of a slight hill. On the way back that day he crossed much better.
We went to the same place today and horses had a time crossing it again, lots of refusing, getting almost stuck (some!). He refused. I tried getting off and leading him...he refused. Hubby got on and applied spurs - still refused. My cousin's hubby was surprised he refused and said he'd never seen this horse refuse (they have known and rode with him since he was 3). Barry finally got off of him and got him to cross leading him and again he jumped awkwardly and to the side. On the way back I asked him to cross and he refused. I walked him over and he did a little better. There is another shorter log in the park he crosses quietly and easily with no fuss.
Is it just practice he needs? Is it lack of balance? Any suggestions are appreciated! I wussed out and got off since I came off of him last week - one bruised leg in a week is enough!