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post #1 of 3 Old 09-17-2012, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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walking in water training?

well denny had his first deep water experience this weekend. crossing a river that ended up being deeper then we thought..to his lower chest.

it did take some encouragement for him to cross but all in all he did great for his first time this deep.

my training question is:

how do you train for large rocks in the water you can't see but the horse feels out on his/your path forward?

for instance the river we crossed was muddy with rocks covering the mud. after a few steps in the water was merky and you couldn't see the step in front of you. denny luckily was a champ and felt out some big rocks that would one minute put us in knee deep water then when he would get off, it was like plunging face first into chest deep water. he was very anxious after a few of these. and i couldn't seem to find the path (i had visually seen before entering the water) to get across or back, which lead to some crazy water rock climbing episodes. (i felt bad)

knowing this how can you train for this and what are some dangers that can come to your horse from him encountering such things as rock climbing in water ?

needless to say we are going scouting for a spot with less big rocks to do more water training...
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-17-2012, 10:02 AM
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IMHO, that's one of those things that can only really be trained by just doing a lot of it. If it were me, I would just give him his head and let him go along as slow as he wanted and let him pick his own way through. He could weave around all he wanted so long as he kept going towards the other shore. Given enough time and experience, he'll learn to feel his way across and pick around the big rocks.

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ok then we will keep working on it. i just felt really bad that he was coming up then dropping down. it was definitely a bonding moment for both of us, thats for sure :)
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