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    07-20-2011, 07:33 PM
Riding on beaches!

Hey so I wanna take my horses to the beach so bad! And I was wondering have any of you taken your horses to the beach? Was it a blast or not as great as people think? Lol I know that's a weird question but I figure I would ask anyway. Do you know of beaches in the USA that allow horses? How did your horses react? I just think it would be a total blast!!
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    07-20-2011, 07:50 PM
I have gone riding at the beach before, in fact when I was on a vacation I took a few trail rides at the beach, and on the final one I got the chance to ride this big huge Belgian Draft gelding (per my special request) and gallop him down the shoreline. It was a lot of fun!
I know there are a lot of beaches, just like parks and other public places, that will allow horses. You would need to call around locally to find out more, but I'm sure you could find lots of places for this.
Your experience will entirely vary of course depending on you, your horse, and how you approach the situation. I would give you a few words of advice before you go out to the beach with your horse. First of all, you may want to make sure your horse has a lot of experience out of the arena. Trail rides and exposure to anything he may find scary on or near the beach, such as traffic, bicyclists, crowds of people...even beachballs, umbrellas or brightly coloured beach chairs/towels could be scary!
It's best to go out on trails, and especially to the beach, with other riders. If your horse is known to be spooky or nervous, it can help to have someone ride with you on a more experienced, calmer horse. Go prepared with enough water, a first aid kit, a cell phone and anything else you may need, especially if you do end up riding alone. Lastly, it could be a good idea to lead your horse around the beach before you get on and ride. That way you can judge his reaction without risking a fall/bolt and keeping both you and him much safer.
    07-20-2011, 08:16 PM
Originally Posted by slowlopin    
Hey so I wanna take my horses to the beach so bad! And I was wondering have any of you taken your horses to the beach? Was it a blast or not as great as people think? Lol I know that's a weird question but I figure I would ask anyway. Do you know of beaches in the USA that allow horses? How did your horses react? I just think it would be a total blast!!
I've been beach riding and it is fun, especially at sunset! Your horse not being used to waves more than likely will try and shy away from the first one going in. Once you get over the first wave they are usually fine. When in the water, be aware of possible ruts in the sand. I saw a gal cantering in above knee water when her horse hit one and she went off, camera and all! The horse was fine, just plunged a little. She was fine too, just a little embarrassed! I usually take it easy in the sand too, it can be a little hard on their tendons etc. A lot of the "places" to ride on the beach are kept rather quiet because it usually isn't allowed where I'm from. Every place is different. I say go and find out more about it and have great ride!
    07-20-2011, 09:27 PM
Sounds soooooo fun!!!!!!! I was planning to take my horse at the end of summer! He's really good on trails and stuff so it should be fun!!
    07-20-2011, 09:39 PM
Also, check the shark species in the beach's area. Bull sharks have been known to attack people in knee deep water so, if you're riding in the waves and on a beach that's a known habitat for bull or nurse sharks, be wary. There were no horses in JAWS for a reason!! Hahaha :)
    07-21-2011, 09:31 AM
I love riding on the beach..you can pretty much run forever! It is so much fun...and if your horse likes water it's even better. You can swim in the ocean with them.

I live in PA so we take the horses to the Jersey shore at the end of the summer after Labor day. If you have a chance to go, definitely do it.
    07-21-2011, 09:42 AM
I rode in water that was chest-high to the horses and every single horse pooped. There were turds afloat all over the place. Not so fun when you're swimming in 6 horses' dookie.

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