Absolute refusal to enter/cross water
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them...cross it??
I'm almost at my wits end with my 8 year old arab gelding. We're doing great in our conditioning rides, except when water enters our path. He refuses to cross any form of pooled water, from puddles to flowing streams.
I've tried: me on the ground leading him into it (with treats!), riding him into it, backing him up into it, following calm horses into it, ponying him in, and letting him graze around the edge. No luck! On a good day, I can get him to put a hoof in the water...then he just stares at me as if to say, "Are we done here?"
What am I missing? :(
BACK HIM ACROSS IT ... TURN HIM AROUND AND BACK ACROSS AGAIN AND AGAIN ~
JUST STAY ON ~ WALK UP TO WATER WITHIN A FEW FEET TURN HIM AROUND *** BACK HIM ACROSS THE WATER
TURN HIM AROUND AND BACK ACROSS IT AGAIN AND AGAIN ~
IT WORKS EVERY TIME ~ I PROMISE ~
HE WILL BE GOING THROUGH ANY WATER IN NO TIME AT ALL..