If it helps, my area is Upstate South Carolina. Them creeks be tricky.
Now, I have tried to find information about this, but can't seem to find much, if anything. I have gotten my own horse and my BM's horse stuck in mud above their bellies. This is terrifying, and ever since, I have been afraid to cross a creek that I normally cross to get to the fun trails. I have had a lot of rain in the past few months, so where this crossing used to be safe is now very eroded. I will post a picture of it as soon as I get the chance. I also tried to cross in another area, by dismounting and leading my horse across. He sunk up to USIG below his hocks, so I called it quits and got him out of there before it got worse.
My horse is very brave. He'll try to cross anything I ask him to. That is the problem. Obviously, I am bad at telling whether or not it is safe to cross. I don't ever want us to get stuck again, so I want all the advice I can get from you guys! I also think that this may help other people a lid making the same bad calls that I did.
My boyfriend and I are going to build a "ramp" to make the crossing safe again. I'll add pictures of the bad part once I can. It's definitely a summer project!
So, tell me all of your advice and experiences with shady crossings! I want to learn as much as I can so that I can be confident about my decision making and so that I don't EVER endanger a horse's life like that again.
I know that if I can see the bottom of the creek/river/stream and there are pebbles, it's usually safe. And that trying to cross from a steep bank is usually a bad idea. But that is about all I have going for me. :(
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