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post #1 of 22 Old 09-06-2009, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Little rivers and Creeks!

Okay so on this trail I take my horse on, Theres a small creek we can quicky pass over so we can continue our trail. Under the water its basicly stones, nice rounded stones, it looks simple to cross but I don't wanna hurt my horse. Is it okay to cross?

Also if theres sand underneath ( different part of the creek) is it safe to cross? What if we sink? I just wanna know so I can continue the trail. :]

Thanks... I wanna know whats safe to cross and whats not.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-06-2009, 09:39 AM
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Does your horse where shoes? And, I take it the water isn't very deep, how deep is it?

The trails I ride are by a lake. So there are a few little creeks. But here in OK, the water gets dirty and muddy, so you can't see. I trust the horse's judgment. Of course, my horse doesn't care. You could walk through ANYTHING and she would be fine with it. But, I would say it would be safe to cross =] And of course, if you see other riders tracks that have crossed it =]
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-06-2009, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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He only has shoes on his front, his back are barefoot. And he's not really scared of anything and dosent care for water that much. I havent seen any tracks cause its pretty grassy, but it looks like the trail could continue one.

Maybe I should get off him and cross it and lead him over for the first time?
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we cross rivers and creeks all the time. Even with rocks and shoes he'll be okay. The only thing is you should help him through, guide him rather than let him find his own way around the bigger rocks. As far as sandy or muddy bottoms, well you don't know till you try it, and one forefoot sinking up to the knee will tell you to back up quick. I think a smallish stream isn't likely to be that muddy, or you can find crossings that are firmer and learn which areas to avoid. It's great fun!! Here's one of our river crossings, the little muddy break in the weeds.

And yes, it's probably a really good idea to cross on foot the first time so there are no surprises.
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Alright, I'll try it this time. I'll bring my saddle this time tho. Just so I have extra balance. :]
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I personally would be more comfortable crossing where it is rocky, just take your time and guide him around the big rocks and let him decide where he needs to put his feet. Of course, be very aware if he starts to sink into the mud and get out quick. I try to be overly cautious when crossing creeks around her because many of ours end up getting boggy with VERY deep mud.

And yes, trust your horse. I got Dobe bogged completely down the other day because I urged him to cross in a place that he didn't want to. {:(

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I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how well your horse crosses the rocky creek beds. Mine has front shoes and does just fine. I do make mine put his head down and walk easy...but mostly because he is a big clumsy ox
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-06-2009, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Wow.. Yeah that's scary.. Bogs. I wonder if its easier for a horse to get out of deeper mud then people. Cause I got stuck once... and I lost my boot.
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I personally would be more comfortable crossing where it is rocky, just take your time and guide him around the big rocks and let him decide where he needs to put his feet. Of course, be very aware if he starts to sink into the mud and get out quick. I try to be overly cautious when crossing creeks around her because many of ours end up getting boggy with VERY deep mud.

And yes, trust your horse. I got Dobe bogged completely down the other day because I urged him to cross in a place that he didn't want to. {:(
I would not want to see John sunk up to his belly in river muck...

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Oh, I know O,O!!! We had a hard enough time getting Dobe out because the banks were really steep and tree lined and flat ground was about 15 feet above where we were. I was so afraid that we were going to have to put a rope on the saddle and pull him out with another horse but after a long rest, he managed to fight his way out on his own. Poor John would probably still be stuck in there ;p LOL.

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