will this cause founder??
I just discovered the horses here enjoy going into the pond! We've been having a blast swimming around with them and thought it was going to be a great thing to do after a long day of riding in the hot summer sun....
When I mentioned this to the barn manager he kinda shreaked and said it was probably not a good idea taking hot horses and going into cold water like that, that it can cause them to founder.... I've never heard of this!!! Is it true???
Im in western mass and right now the water is bearable enough to swim in and its barely been warm so far, but once we get 90 degree weather the water should warm up a little more, will it still be too cold? I know its not good to hose a hot horse down with ice cold water, but I always thought that was for their muscles sake. Can riding a hot/sweaty horse into the pond hurt them at all???