Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I just watched a Chris Cox ground training program, and he was working a 2yo over and around obstacles, including a ditch. I suggest you copy his training bc it was really a TRUST exercise. Use LOTS AND LOTS OF PRAISE as a reward for his efforts. Use a shallow ditch FIRST. Decide where you want your horse to go down into it, and where to exit. Lunge him to a halt at the bottom. Then walk him to the exit point and lunge him out. Pick different places and demand that he go exactly where you want him to, meaning he can't just jump out after you've asked him to go down. Don't worry if he doesn't listen well, at first, just ask again, and repeat so he understands what you want from him.
Spend numerous sessions here until it's boring and blasse for him.
Find a deeper ditch, preferably one that starts shallow and goes deeper. Do the same exercise, except you will want to enter where it's not too deep. Chris said it's important that the horse experiences success, not fear, so take your time, and try not to ask him to exit where he might slip.
I'm pretty sure this will translate to the ditch on the trail that troubles him. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 11-06-2012 at 04:24 PM.