Re: naughty horse refusing
I am going through this problem myself and I would say it is 50% my confidence and 50% my horse has issues. My instructor came to the field to watch my horse as she is fine in the school and we have discovered that there are several things that are bothering my horse. Firstly, she is hormonal, so is now on a additive to sort this out. Secondly the ground is so hard she is not comfortable on the surface and finally as I anticipate what is going to happen I slightly throw my reins, and hence we stop.
Check that your horse is happy within itself first, the ground and environment and check back, teeth and tack fitting as there may be issues there. If all ok then you need to work on your confidence.
My instructor has set small cross pole jumps in the field that I can go over off a circle so that I can ensure we have the correct rythm and balance before we jump. Also, if she does hesitate or stop the jump is small enough for her to just walk or trot over. What this means is that either way she does not refuse or get turned away and has to go over. There is no force of a whip used at all and after practising this for 2 weeks now a couple of times a week we are now only refusing when we first start and not at every jump. With a bit more practice we can hopefully eliminate the refusing and start raising the fences and our new found confidence.
Have a go you have nothing to loose.