Ditto...sure, you get the job done, but why risk the horse hurting himself, OR you (with all the rearin, and slamming you into trees) when you could get it done in a different way? Might be for that particular person, but I agree with spirithorse on this one...do approach and retreats, or teach him a 'send' command from the ground, and then utilize it for teaching him to go through a puddle on the ground; then try it from the saddle. I use sending for alot of different things, because again, it's not that you're forcing him through, or over something, it's about how much trust he has in you to not send him into a dangerous situation. I've also done what Kevin does by riding up to it, allowing them to check it out, and just staying out of the way, unless they try to 'escape'; then just put enough pressure on him to get him back to where I want him. To me there's just no reason to push a horse to the point he is so confused, or scared and not understanding what you want, that he rears, and slams himself around.
From this I have got to get my feet wet?? I have to walk through the puddle first?? Again how do I get him to move forward if he doesn't want too?? I have to find a puddle well away from trees so bush puddles are out??? Again if he moves backwards and I can't stop him do I let him bump into a tree is said puddle is in the bush???
Am I teaching him that it is ok to retreat, to not move forward and if he backs up again how to I stop this retreat??
A horse trained with some fights in his life respects me more and refuses less then one that has been babied into doing anything.
What happens when you run into something new, something he has never seen before?? Do we start over? Getting off? Trying to lead him up to it?? Or do I just touch him with my spurs and since we have fought this battle before he just moves on?? To refuse is not part of his makeup??
There is NOTHING that my new 1 year in training is afraid of that I know of. Nor my last guy of 2 years before his untimely death nor the one before that that carried me for 17 years. Not a one had a refusal in them.