I have a lovely little warmblood gelding that will jump the moon if you ask him to. If he's unsure about a 1m jump, he'll take it a stride back and add another 60cm to it. He's got some talent.
I started leasing him just right at the start of the year to event with. He seems to have a massive complex about water. Unfortunately the girl that owns him never evented him like she planned to and he went unridden and not competed for a good 18 months! Big waste on this horse.
We started the year with getting about 15m away from a lake and him refusing to go forward and he'd just start rearing to get away. Hate rearers! I told the girl and she was shocked he'd do that because she literally had to move him out of one place she agisted because he wouldn't get out of the dam! He'd spend all day in there and only come out for food.
So we spent a day at this particular lake with some treats and a horse that loves water and once he was in the water he was fine. I swam him at another lake before it got too cold and he'd rear and have a tanty about going in but once he was in he loves it. He'll throw his head under and snorkle and blow bubbles and have so much fun in there.
A few weeks ago before our eventing season started one of the local clubs had a training day. He didn't want to walk in, not even following another horse. But he jumped in no worries. I was doing prelim with him within 20 minutes no dramas. Go forward a couple weeks to our first event and he was going brilliantly for his first course ever, then we get to the water. I slowed him to a trot to make sure nothing was going to surprise him and he was forward and lovely until we got right to the edge (only a 20-30cm drop which he can do easy) and he reared and spun away. He did that twice so I took him over to the side we could walk in and he did it once there (eliminated) and then did a massive jump in to the middle then stood there going "yay, water!". Had a little splash and then jumped out.
Yesterday I took him to a little creek near us and he wouldn't go down to it, spent forever with him rearing and carrying on but once he was in, he didn't care. It seems to me that he has a complex about the change from land to water, maybe not water itself?
It's funny coz on two separate occasions he's jumped down about 60cm in to relatively fast running water, no dramas. This horse confuses me...
Unfortunately we can't go to local courses and train there anymore as the clubs are no longer allowed to offer that unless it's an actual training day which doesn't happen very much. I'm just not really sure how to go about fixing this coz it seems to be he has this fight at every body of water that's different.