My horse has problems going back in the pasture. What my trainer said was
“Lead her to it, for every step she takes give her a cookie, if she back up immediately back her up so it was your idea. Don’t think about her not doing it. just go like you are going to do it.”
Now Frosty is a smart horse and has already started improving. It will take a while and a lot of cookies. But it works.
Dressage is a dance, where horse and rider speak with silence, Where force is not necessary, and where the horse trusts his rider completely, even in the middle of the battlefield.
-Amber Blyledge, 2016