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    06-12-2010, 11:01 AM
Exclamation Swimming-advice?

Today my friend and I are going to go swimming with our horses in a big pond at our barn! I've looked up some information on safety and tips but still wanna know if you guys have any stories of swimming with your horse,advice,tips,etc? Please let me know! (:
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    07-17-2010, 02:47 AM
Just go bareback. Make sure you squeeze with those thighs! :) give your horses LOTS of reins so they can stretch forward to balance and swim. Be patient, some horses don't like it at first. A gelding I used to own loooved swimming with us haha. Have fun!!
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    07-17-2010, 03:12 AM
Green Broke
But be prepared to jump off if they start to go down. :)
Some horses just love to roll in water but if its deep I don't think it will be a worry, never actually swam in the deeper water only gone through shallow
    07-17-2010, 03:30 AM
And grab mane. I slid right off on Thursday when I went swimming with the horse in my avi. She went really deep and she was super slippery and I just slid of the rump haha...
It's seriously so much fun!

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    07-17-2010, 03:51 AM
Green Broke
We go swimming in the river & lake ever once in a while. Usually bareback, like they said hold onto lots of mane & use your thighs.
Watch out for drop offs. You probably don't have to worry about the current in a pond. Its fun and a great way to stay cool in the summer.
    07-17-2010, 04:06 AM

I agree with what the others have said. Go bareback, grab lots of mane, grip with your thighs and be prepared to bail out if something goes wrong. But seriously, it's lots of fun if your horse is willing to do it
    07-18-2010, 05:40 PM
Man, I wish there was somewhere to go swimming with my boys. The pics make it look so fun. The most they ever get to do is splash in a big puddle. Do you have to worry about them pulling shoes if the bottom of the pond or lake is really thick and mushy?
    07-18-2010, 06:11 PM
Its usually a fun experience! I've heard
If the horse goes down to slide off and hold onto tail. It will keep you with them without interfering at all.
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    07-18-2010, 06:25 PM
Don't pull on the reins - So many do and it impairs the horses ability to swim. Mane only!

Also, good idea to wear a helmet the first time you swim a horse if you don't know how they react - I had a horse who freaked out when the water touched the top of his back and exited the dam bucking like a bronc - From then on we brought him down loose and he would just wallow and roll in the water like a hippo while we swum the other horses :]
    07-18-2010, 06:29 PM
How come no one replied until 35 days later lol?

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