Have been riding a 6 year old Welsh pony for over a month now and he's recently decided to be a right, royal little s***. I've been riding him around the farm to him used to a lot of new things (was a city horse who never left the arena now, country horse who goes everywhere) and he's been going great. Until now. This morning, we'd been out for a couple of hours, just walking because it's ridiculously hot and so I thought I'd turn around to go home and he stopped. First of all I thought, it's a snake because we've had a a couple of close calls. So I egged him on to walk off again. Nope, just backwards. Spun around and kept going down the road. I spent an hour trying everything from kicking, slapping his rump, even to a riding crop across the rump but he just bucked and spun around and tried to continue on his way, away from home. My 2 hour ride ended up being 3 and half. I was very quickly losing my patience so got off and walked for 2kms (mainly for me to calm down). As soon as he recognised the road up the hill to our driveway, happy as anything. What did I do wrong? I've given myself a headache over it. Any ideas would be a help.