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        03-28-2011, 03:08 AM
    Green Broke
    fear of puddles

    So Gidget has a few of small amounts of water but not big amounts...she has no problem going into the flooded round pen,lakes,or rivers..she likes to go in them but not puddles or tiny streams-| If I make her go into the puddle while riding she will reach over and try to full on bite me but I have to kick my leg out to scare her away from trying to bite.....I don't know how to get her to stop this. I do not want my ankle bit by a horseOr from anythign for that matter.

    I can walk her through them fine usually but it's when I ride..she likes to jump over them or try to tip toe on what ground she sees that isn't surrounded by puddles....I don't get it.
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        03-28-2011, 03:10 AM
    You need another horse to pony behind, back and forth back and forth. And a lot.

    Then when going it alone, you have to play mind games! Put the other horse on the other side of the water.

    Trickery is the best option.
        03-28-2011, 03:25 AM
    Green Broke
    We only have one other horse and I don't know how well she does with being ponied. If I'm on trails and horse go before her she still hates doing it yet today we walked through puddles fine so some scare her and some don't. I stuck her in the round pen that's flooded to work with getting over her fearas...well she was splashing in it and sticking her nose in the water and today I also rode her through a mud puddle..did fine...hmmmm.
        03-28-2011, 02:50 PM
    I wonder if they just look like deep dark holes to your horse? Will she walk through them if you or someone else steps in it and she can see it's just a puddle of water?
        03-28-2011, 03:20 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by chevaliernr    
    I wonder if they just look like deep dark holes to your horse? Will she walk through them if you or someone else steps in it and she can see it's just a puddle of water?

    You know that might be cause when I walk in them she will come with me but this one time she refused so I had to get a whip to make her go into it and I made her stand in it so she knew it was okay and I gave her some carrots if she did well.
        03-28-2011, 03:53 PM
    She can't see the bottom so for all she knows it's a deep abyss. She needs to learn to trust you, that it's ok. What she will go in to or not could have something to do with the angle of the sun, wind moving the water, etc. so no point in trying to figure that out, just build trust. The next time you lead her into a puddle, even if she puts just one foot in, reward her with a treat. Food is a great motivator. As she gets better do it from the saddle.
        03-28-2011, 03:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Thank you :)

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