Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern California
Yes it is, apparently your depth perception is bad, lol.
Really, though puddles and dark water are the hardest for horses as they cannot see the bottom. And both issues are a combination of horse common sense that is stronger than their confidence in the rider.
Having said that, I do not mind a horse stopping to evaluate the situation as long as they are thinking, in control and continue on when I ask. I don't get too gushy, but I do believe some horses have more sense then we give them credit.
If the horse is fearful, spooking, balking, then these are holes in the training that need work. You have to remember when we cue a horse to go through something like this, it is just a go forward cue. Personally, I do not have a cross the water, cross the puddle, cross the log cue system. Just go forward. So, as long as the horse is obeying my cues I am good.
If you think your horse has a vision problem, have him checked by the vet, but remember there are blind horses that are ridden and shown, so just modify your training/riding to accommodate your horses handicap.