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post #11 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Silvera View Post
I've been swimming, true swimming. We where walking down the river and all of a sudden the bottom was no longer there :) at that point the horses had to swim or they would sink :P.

Unfortunately that was the point when my frist horse chose 'sink' . I was pretty sure we would have to find a way to drag his dead body off teh bottom of the lake, to be honest. He wasn't overly bright though.... I'd love to get a chance to take my new mare swimming... the most we've been able to do is up to her belly because we were fully tacked up.
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post #12 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 02:52 PM
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Not all the time. Rook will paw at the water to wet his belly. I'm assuming to cool down on the hot days. I walked him into a deeper part of a river last month (it's been so daggone dry this year)...I had to reach with my tippy toes on him to actually touch the water myself. He still splashed , put his head under the water, and drank; but never even offered to lay down and roll.

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post #13 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Just curious why? My qh goes splashing for literally half-hour non-stop, obviously having a great fun and also deeping her nose almost up to eyes in water from time to time.
My horses will do the same. I'll bet the "no-splashing" rule is because if the horse is playing, he's not paying attention to you. But for me, it's just way too much fun to stop though!
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post #14 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 03:58 PM
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I've been swimming with horses before and it is a total blast! We have several splashers in our group now and we usually let them just have fun. They all stop when its time to ride off...with some resistance ofcourse! I always try to keep a close eye on their heads but mostly they are just digging in the water. Scooter dunks his whole head and then shakes his whole body. Hes a very playful horse though...he does this in the water trough too.
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post #15 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 04:12 PM
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I've been trail riding for 24 years and have seen many horses that splash in the water but only 1 that actually laid down and had a roll. As he went down his rider (a 74 yo gentleman who had been riding all his life) just stepped off into the water and stood there. As his horse got up he put his foot in the stirrup and went right up with him. I was very impressed! Later someone asked if anyone had an extra bottle of water. My elderly friend laughed and said wait I'll take off my boot and get you a drink. that was a fun day
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post #16 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
My horses will do the same. I'll bet the "no-splashing" rule is because if the horse is playing, he's not paying attention to you. But for me, it's just way too much fun to stop though!
Well... She works for me carrying my (not so light) pounds + saddle up and down those hills. So I think it's fair on my side to let her have some fun too on trail.
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post #17 of 24 Old 09-20-2010, 11:27 PM
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I love swimming with my horses! So much fun. I saw one of my geldings goin the pond one day and lay down in the shallow water (about 2 ft deep) he kinda rolled but it was weird cause he wanted to keep his head up lol. I WISH i had my camera then.

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post #18 of 24 Old 09-21-2010, 01:29 AM
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I have never had a horse go down with me personally, but we used to ride with a friend who had this Appy who would drop as soon as he was four feet (not depth either) into any size water puddle! His owner always had to keep him moving, and even then, he sometimes got the best of her!!! He would go into a trail ride a brilliant chestnut leopard, and come out a brown/black splashy type! Hahahaha

Other than him, I don't think I have ever had one or known one that would go down just because he wanted to play in the water. I have had several, though that LOVED to i would take them down to a local sand pit that had those awesome clear pools, and strip the saddle off, and in we would was magical!!!

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post #19 of 24 Old 09-21-2010, 08:31 AM
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As a kid I used to ride with someone who's mare went down in water. It didn't matter if it was ankle-deep or above her belly - she would go down as soon as she stepped in it. We used to go galloping through the streams, because often that was the only way to keep her upright - although in the deeper stuff even that didn't work, because as soon as it was deep enough she just lifted her feet and sank on down.
It made for some quite interesting rides.

I've never had a horse go down with me in water, although I have had some splash. I've also been swimming a few times - wish I knew somewhere to do that now.
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post #20 of 24 Old 09-21-2010, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Oh, yes, you did. I was just wondering what's is behind "not make you wet" thing. May be it's just not deep enough here, I never got wet really from her splashes (and she does it really hard). Lol!

I remember discussion on my local forum people don't let them do it because horse may lay down in water. But I'd guess it depends on horse. I've seen it only once happening. I bet rider was very "excited".
K so Jared was here today to do the horses feet and I asked him why the horses are not allowed to splash in the water. His reply... They get you wet! LOL so from now on if Shunke wants to splash I will let him. It is not like we aren't in the lake for a reason
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