I think I need some help/advice on water crossing training for my 7 year old mare. I went out with her this past weekend and for the first time we encountered a shallow water crossing (I've had her about 3-months), about 50m across. My friend, who goes on this trail regularly ponied her and after a bit of urging she took a gigantic leap into the water, almost sending me into the water and unseating my friend. It was almost like she was trying to jump across the whole thing. The same thing occurred when we had to cross back as well.
So, this got me thinking that maybe she wasn't a big fan of water. To test my theory, it rained last night and this morning I found a 10ft wide puddle in the pasture, just a few inches deep and tried to lead her across it and she did the same thing... after urging she didn't just step in but instead took a huge leap into the middle of the puddle.
My question is, how do I get her used to the idea of crossing water safely. I know if she continues these huge leaps it's just a matter of time before I end up being baptized. ;) Thanks for your help!