Ok so here I am wandering along a really cool trail with hubby. There's a dam about 200 ft from us and my pretty green mare starts being kinda goofy. No big deal, walk on. Then, she bolts up a VERY steep hill. As soon as she stepped off the trail I attempted a circle and she laughed at me and continued to climb. Aware that if I tried to circle her on this incline she might fall down, we climbed the rest of the way up the hill and promptly found a place to walk back down safety. Moved on with the ride, took her back and made her look at the dam and all was well. When we passed the dam on the way back she walked quietly beside hubby's horse and we finished the ride. Point is....sometimes you can't circle. Sometimes you have just look back and be impressed with the athleticism of your generally laid back lazy horse that suddenly becomes a mountain goat.