Training the Water Temperament Horse
Some believe that water is intelligent and that it can hold information. This principle has been explored concerning the power of homeopathic remedies that gain in effectiveness when diluted in water. It is believed when the remedies are properly prepared, water can hold the memory of the substance when the remedy is diluted. The Water horse who has new information introduced to him in a gentle, concise way will learn quickly and maintain his lessons.
The Water horse loves to learn but he needs to learn in a safe environment. If the Water horse feels threatened he will want to flee. If this happens it is best to allow him to move his feet but bring his focus back to you without correcting him for his fear. For instance, if you are leading him move him in a circle around you, ask for changes of direction to bring his focus back to you. Make sure you keep some distance between you and the frightened Water horse so you are not injured if he moves suddenly. When you are riding the frightened Water horse, if possible, let him move away from the object he is scared of. Once he feels he is out of danger you can gradually work back towards to scary place and make sure he keeps his feet moving. Move away again if the fear returns. Within a reasonable time the intelligent Water horse will realize he is not in danger and that you can be trusted to lead him out of trouble.
The Water horse is elegant in his beauty. Like a mountain stream or a crystal clear lake the Water horse radiates fluid motion and peace. As the Water energy is confined and channeled it becomes much more animated and brilliant. This shows up best in the dressage ring or reining pen. Too much Water energy without proper channeling would be a picture of the race horse fighting the gates or crashing through the rails when other horses crowd him. Many a Water horse has been labeled as difficult or crazy because his energy was not properly appreciated and his sensitive nature was abused. Once the Water horse has been mishandled and loses trust in people, he can be hard to bring back to his natural peaceful, wise self.