Splish, Splash

Last weekend I loaded up Bast along with a friend and her older horse. We headed off to Loch Moy's cross country schooling playground. We'd been invited to run their brand new galloping track (more on that coming, as I get the video spliced), but couldn't resist the call of the water jump...
Leaping right into the Head of the Lake pond.
As you guys saw last week, Bast is not yet a confident water buffalo. Because of this, we started off by following our friend into the water. It only took a second of hesitation before Bast splashed in after his buddy.
Basically the cutest.
As always, my goal was to make the experience very positive for Bast. All movement in the water resulted in a ton of praise. We also took our time in the water. It was a hot day, and I am sure it felt quite nice for the horses, serving as its own praise.
Horses that thrive on praise are basically the best.
In no time at all, my little guy was happily dashing in and out of the water. Only the slightest of encouragement was needed to get him to start cantering in and out. I could almost feel his confidence start brimming through his ears.
That hiked up front leg freaking kills me
My favorite part about this whole exercise was how Bast immediately accepted the water. While he gave some resistance initially, once he figured out how to move in the water he completely ignored it. We actually came back to the water several times, and he never even blinked. I've not had a young horse take to water this easily and confidently.

I'm so excited about this schooling event. While I am still not sure Bast actually enjoys jumping or cross country, his bravery is so thrilling. My plan is still to teach him the basics of eventing, if for no other reason than to ensure his future prospects and value. In this area especially, a thoroughbred who can easily get around the lower eventing levels is valued.
For baby event horse, just add water!
I think the plan will be to get him out next year for some actual events. For now, we play around with building our skills!

Anyone else out there spending time in the water with their ponies?

Comments

  1. awww your horse is so cute in the water!! <3 (May looks like a lame hippo when attempting to trot through water... completely misterable) hahaha

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    1. That sounds like Pig! 😏 He'd just be in there like "what is this satanic wetness, and why am I in it?"

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  2. Bast is honestly the cutest. I love his expressions. Carmen and I may have 999 issues, but so far water is not one of them. She goes through puddles, mud, streams, water boxes and over bridges.

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    1. He's so emotionally honest. It's almost weird. 😂 Carmen is such a strangely brave girl, when she wants to be.

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  3. Welcome to the baby hippo club, Bast!

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    1. He says "cuse me! Water Buffalo, thank you!" 🤣

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  4. love this. So glad Bast is such a good boy and yes please small event next year?? :)

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  5. I love how you are just calming sitting there as he leaps into the water!

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  6. Dante would have died but Bast looks like a natural water baby!

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