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post #1 of 11 Old 07-31-2008, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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The dreaded water jump!

In pre-novice it's not unusual to encounter a water jump.
I don't mind it but my new horse does!
He refuses to go in!!!!
Any tips?
We gotta get him in!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-31-2008, 11:35 AM
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just keep trying, try walking him into it with you on the ground first so that you can reassure him better and just keep doing it over and over.

as soon as he gets one foot in praise him a lot and just keep it up. that's about the only way so that they wont b scared. once you've mastered it on the ground then he wont b scared when ur on him.

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I say get a lead line *or your reins* & walk with him next to you over it. ;) Let him sniff around it, then (it may take time!) walk with him over it a few times. Then try it while riding him. ;)

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I either saw or read this somewhere a hunter/jumper haited the liver pool (or which one has the water), and he haited it, and there was another horse that refused to jump over a certain jump (don't remember). And when the horse accomplished it there was another person and they gave him a treat. And than he began to do what his rider wanted because it meant a treat. And after he was doing it willingly, they put more obsticles in his path, and he did his job because it meant he got food. You have to love the food consept.

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It you can not get your horse through the water on his own, sometimes taking him through with another seasoned horse can boost his confidence. Horse don't like strange water, they can't see where to put their delicate feet and legs and water jumps tend to be a little muddy and random to a horse so to build his confidence I would recommend having a agreeable lead horse.
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It you can not get your horse through the water on his own, sometimes taking him through with another seasoned horse can boost his confidence. Horse don't like strange water, they can't see where to put their delicate feet and legs and water jumps tend to be a little muddy and random to a horse so to build his confidence I would recommend having a agreeable lead horse.
Thats what I was gonna say! :P And if you hack, go through lots of puddles :) Is there a fun ride nearby where you could go to school?

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-31-2008, 07:09 PM
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I say get a lead line *or your reins* & walk with him next to you over it. ;) Let him sniff around it, then (it may take time!) walk with him over it a few times. Then try it while riding him. ;)
Please don't do that. He just may run you over out of fear. Always do it from his back. Circle him in front of it and little by little let him get closer. When you are close just hold him there and let him sniff the water and get used to it. Use your reins to keep his attention to the water. Urge him but not force him. When he decides to go be ready cause he just may leap it.

From that point on go back and forth until he is comfortable. Like anything else in teaching a horse something new - time and patience.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-01-2008, 04:14 AM
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You made it to pre novice wihout ever doing a water obsticle??
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-01-2008, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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You made it to pre novice wihout ever doing a water obsticle??
Yeah, previous shows we've been fortunate enough to do an alternative jump.
But he's still a baby so we've bein doin mainly welcome and welcome doesn't normally have water.
But it's gettin borin! lol!

My other horse (we successfully compete in Novice :) ) goes through water with no hassel at all so we tried giving the problamatic horse a lead... didn't work!

I'm stressin abit cause once you introduce a horse 2 water u gotta get him in!
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It's true that "once you get him in, you gotta get him in" only to a certain extent ...

you can more accurately say, "Once he outright refuses to go in, you gotta get him in."

The way we tricked my horse into going through water was to lead him up to it as if we weren't going to make him cross. We just walked him around and up to the water but didn't force him to step in -- just let him 'hang out' near the scary thing until it stopped being scary, then made him look at the scary thing until it stopped being scary, and then encouraged him gently to walk through it until ... well, you get the idea. : )

Once he steps into it, let him walk around in it and get used to the idea. Eventually you can ask more of him, like "So we're in the water now, can we walk all the way across without having to paw or stop to sniff?" And from there you can get businesslike and demand performance.
Of course, if he ever outright refuses to go in, start over until he does it right .... then let up the pressure and give him a little break. Baby steps ... baby steps.

In my experience, trying to force a horse to do anything is just going to make them more afraid and less likely to do it. Making it fun and non-threatening will encourage them to have heart and be willing to follow you anywhere.
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