Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southern United States
Cherie, I recently took my 6 year old mustang to a new trail, it was by the river and as we were walking calmly down to take a drink, 2 very large German shepherds came at us barking... his head shot straight up in the air but I assured him he was fine (as the owner was near by and called the dogs back to their boat. Phew!). Then a speed boat blazed by and sent a gigantic wake onto the shore... He had never seen or heard a speed boat before, I assured him he was fine again and I kept his feet moving around in different directions as to focus on me and not the scary dangers, but the wake did him in! He started to trot away and not aknolwedge my hands, so I started to "bump" the reins and force him into a circle, reinforcing that with leg cues (kick in the shoulder), and let him run his fear out without getting anywhere. What can I do to assure that the next time we go to this trail and encounter the same scenario, he will go stand in the water and not freak out? I'll never be able to take him riding on the beach if I don't nip this in the bud.