Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Yikes, that's a touch situation. I think that my advice would be like several others to have someone else ride the first few in your presence.
Honestly, if I had that much at stake I probably would find myself a nice, quiet and trained horse and not mess around with spooky youngsters. Gotta admire the passion though!
I agree with the others though that there isn't going to be a magical safety net in water or anything else. I'd tire the horse out on the ground really well and get on in a safe, enclosed arena.
Water is stressful enough (at least for horses in my area) to get accustomed to without throwing first mounting / rides in the mix.
Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly the first few times and beyond! My seven year old likes to throw excited bucks sometimes (he's a greenie and in training) and while I've never fallen off him I wouldn't think of riding him if I had a similar situation. Just be careful!!!!!