One of my worst challenges. After a big downpoor I was going through the park and ran into a bridge but the water had detoured around the bridge washing out the ramp heading up to the bridge. It was a straight up concrete wall that I was looking at. About 100 yards above the bridge was a dam. It was about a 30 inch concrete dam with high water on one side and boiling water about 12-15 feet down the other side and about 30 feet across. There is a low railing on both sides but it didn't come past the horses belly.
Ride across or get off and walk/ lead him???
If I ride across I can control his hind end better, he responds to leg cues but if he panics and goes over the railing both of us are dead?
Lead him but if he rushes he will run me down but if he goes over he goes alone??
I rode him, talked soothingly to him and step by step he crossed without rushing. My legs held him steady so we didn't brush the railing.
All was well but he trusted me and responded as he was trained to do.