I’ve had this experience with my miniature donkey. Every time I presented him with the target in the beginning he would either turn his head as if to say “you’ve got to be kidding you want me to touch that” or he would walk away. I had to break things down for him to help him be successful.
What I did was kneel down to his level so he would feel comfortable. I only did this because of him being a miniature.
If I was working with a big horse I would not be kneeling down. I then More