First trail ride - fear of water
I took Rio on our first trail ride together, we survived. It was a large trail ride(about 30-40 horses) and was mainly on the dunes. We started out in the back of the first group(finished in the front), he didn't seem to like being in back. I had trouble slowing him, so we trotted for 2 hours(he refused to walk). I did frequent circles but he was just really high strung(acted like a thoroughbred before a race). I think this was his first time on dunes, we almost went sideways(near fall) down one when I wouldn't let him run down it. My friend had to ride back up and get us. He kept getting frisky going up hill(cantering & bucking) eventually he realized I wasn't falling off and gave up. I havn't ridden him a whole lot and I know it will take a while for us to ride well together, but i've been getting weekly lessons to help. Anyway, he is very reluctant to go through water unless another horse leads, and he is still afraid. I'll ask my instructor at my next lesson but I wanted multiple opinions about this, how can I get him to like water?