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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