Originally Posted by RememberMeForThis99
@blue eyed pony; I have considered either to be the problem. CowboyBob seemed to believe that water could never be the problem, which is why I offered the chance that horse associates water with pain in the case of past abuse. I never said the slope wasn't the problem, the creek was the problem or anything. I actually said in my first post that I doubt water is the problem... I haven't taken her down any slopes like the ones I described, minus the water, yet. As I've said there is another creek which I will try to take her through later on in the week.
I am really not trying to pick a fight here. And. I was even thinking about staying out of this Thread. But, since I am being talked about (not in a bad way) just a few thoughts.
" CowboyBob seemed to believe that water could never be the problem
I never said that water could never
be the problem. I was saying that in this issue I would think that the water was not the big problem. That doing more ground work, and lots of confidences building work away from the creek could go a long ways towards helping your horse with the creek. I also gave you the method I use to work a horse through similar issues just in case you wanted to work this out at the creek.
Second: "which is why I offered the chance that horse associates water with pain in the case of past abuse.
"(CowboyBob; ever think that the horse may have been abused in/around water so associates water with pain?)"
No, I don't ever assume that if I am having a problem with a horse that the reason for the problem is do to some past mystery abuser (this could be a mistake on my part as I have never knowingly worked with abused horses).
In the event that a horse was abused with water or in water or near water or all the above. My advice would not be any different I would have advised you to work with your horse the same way I did in my fist post.
(I can see how this could be read with a hole lot of attitude but its not. Maybe a little exaggeration just to make a point. I am not upset or mad as I write this. I am not trying to make fun of anything anyone has said in this thread.
Third: "I actually said in my first post that I doubt water is the problem"
Ok so this confuses me just a little.? So its ok for you to say that the water might not be the problem, but; when I say the water is not the problem then I'm a jerk* for not thinking the horse could have been abused??? I don't understand?? (* you never called me a jerk for thinking the horse was abused
So all that to say, I still would advise you to work with your horse in the same way as I did in my first post. I have had lots of luck working horses into, onto and through different things over the years using the same method I described in my first post. (Just a side note it also works with loading into a trailer).
Again, my intention in re-entering this thread was just to "clear the air" as to my thoughts; what I did say and what I did not say and to better explain things that might have been said better. I am not trying to imply anything, or make judgments on anyone. Just stating what and how I see thing.