Crossing water - puddles, eventing, whatever
okay so i'm just wondering how you guys get your horses to cross water. I had a great ride on Duke today - my clyde/tb cross (will post more in dressage forum as the exercises we did were amazing), and then to cool out we went for a walk down the road where the swamp/stream came up over the road. He HATES water lol. We spent some time in the ring today just getting used to trotting through puddles - he hates them and we do this for good practice every time it rains.
We got through the flooded part of the road (it wasn't even deep enough to cover his feet) with some good patience, a little encouraging leg and spur, and quiet reassurance. I didn't have to get off, and we were alone (it's literally a few feet from my driveway so we were safe) with no other horses in immediate sight. I was SO proud of him! We were then able to do that a few times, and I was thrilled.
That said I was just wondering what do you guys do for harder horses to get them in water. I know you can have them follow another horse, or get off and walk through and have them follow you, or even back them into it (since they can't see as well directly behind them). What's worked for you?
Funny, but all this is new(er) to me recently since Duke is my eventer, and unless its directly related to a xc jump, he doesn't like it - and we've never had to compete through a water jump yet as there are limited events and facilites around here. It's the total opposite of my late eventer Bobby who was a TB and LOVED the mud and wet and grime. The bigger, deeper, and sloppier a jump was, the better! And if it was laden with months old green slime and brown film, all the more fun - he'd dive in like it was a swimming pool! LOL!
Mostly just curious to hear what others have done that has worked - esp how to teach the horse to walk/trot THROUGH it not jump OVER it. Thanks!