Well, I have found a couple of things that work. The approaching very deliberately at an angle works, if you have the room. The bending the head also works, It is almost a half halt, but it makes them pay attention to you and not all the boogie monsters coming out of the ground or water.
I totally disagree with following closely behind another horse, as I too have seen them nearly jump onto of each other. Especially if it is truly fear driven. THen the mindset seems to be every man for themselves.
I did have one I had to train by physically getting off and walking across, but again, this is really pretty dangerous. I ended up taking a lead with me, getting of, clipping it under the chin through the bit, and leading across with enough space between us that he was not going to land on me-plus I was off to the side a little with my arm outstretched.
If it is a steep deep ditch, I will even zig zag my approach sometimes, but this is somewhat to help my old guy who has some hip issues.
Oh-and I have one of those who grew up in Big South Fork, crossing rivers....but a puddle in the driveway! HORRORS! lol
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