Originally Posted by TrailheadSupply
IThe big problem I run into is they won't cross water.
Yeah, had that same problem with Ellie the first few times we went out (this past spring). A little 1-foot wide stream, and it's like "What the heck is that? Is it going to eat me? I'm not going anywhere near it?" 15 minutes of not-very-experienced me trying to get her to cross, and failing, followed by about the same from my vastly-more-experienced friend, and it's still "Nope, no WAY are you going to ride me across that!". Finally led her back & forth half a dozen times, and then she figured it was ok. Now, just a few month later, she just jumps right across anything.
Point is, horses have feelings too. They can get nervous or scared about new things, even though they may seem perfectly safe to you. Then it's up to you to find some way of showing them it's ok. I'm far from being an expert, but so far walking Ellie through new things (I mean me on foot, her on a lead) has always seemed to work.