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    04-03-2013, 05:24 PM
Smile Swimming!!

Tell me about you guys swimming expierences with your horses..(:

On Sunday, it will be 65 degree F, and I was wondering if I could swim my horse in the lake near by, what do you think?
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    04-03-2013, 07:14 PM
I don't even bathe my horses til its at least 70F out but...

I LOVE swimming with my horses!!

Some tips:
Wear old tennis shoes cause you still want close toed shoes for safety and swimming in boots is no fun LoL

Use an old saddle that can take water damage or untack before you go in. From experience you want at least a bareback pad. Between shedding and wetness horses become slippery

Check the area well for good footing or sudden changes in footing. Horses can't see depth, etc in water, which is why many can be skeptical with water crossings

Sunblock for you and the horse. Water reflects sun and increases likely hood of sunburn

Stay hydrated of course and watch for snakes cause its that time of year again

Best of all Have Fun!!!
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    04-03-2013, 07:45 PM
I have always been scared to go through water. I watched my husband swim a stud we use to own and that thing let out the awfulest groan and went over! My husband went with him. So just be careful and if you get deep.... Feet out of the stirrups.
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    04-04-2013, 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by KyMoMoF3CuTiEs    
I have always been scared to go through water. I watched my husband swim a stud we use to own and that thing let out the awfulest groan and went over! My husband went with him. So just be careful and if you get deep.... Feet out of the stirrups.
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I never go deeper than the horse can touch and I should have mentioned that in my first post. Its not a good idea to actually swim your horse. We always go in to about shoulder/hip depth on the horses and jump in or splash around. I'm also assuming OP has a very well trained trail horse or I would advise no swimming. Would be nice to hear more about OP and her horse :)
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    04-04-2013, 04:28 PM
I've only gone bareback, which is fine if you have a good grip on their mane and with your legs. I've gone in a lake and far enough out where they can't touch and I was just floating above their back. It's a blast once you get good at it. I also only go in a swimsuit and shorts, so your skin provides some grip against their wet hair.

Just make sure you have a good hold if you're going down any deeper than where they can touch. Many will try to lunge back up out of the water onto shore, which is where most of the people I do this with slip off.

Another thing to be wary of: just how much your horse enjoys swimming. My username was picked after a mare I love. She got her name because of how much she loves water (Poseidon is the god of the sea and horses..and it fits a mare that loves to swim). She will walk in until she's about knee deep and has attempted to roll in it. Not good for her rider.
    04-04-2013, 10:17 PM
I'm from South Florida, we swim the horses all the time, tons of fun! There is a lake nearby that was an old and quarry so the ground is pretty smooth and the water is very clear. There is also a horse friendly beach nearby. Some horses love it, others flat out refuse to go in. Just be safe and use common sense.
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    04-04-2013, 10:28 PM
I waited until the temp was close to 80F before I would swim with the horse, I hate cold water! I go bareback and tie a rope around the horse's neck to hang on with & steer, I do keep the bridle on though in case. Here's a vid...
    04-05-2013, 12:42 AM
Ooh! Looks fun!
    04-08-2013, 10:25 PM
I recently sold my paint mare, but man she was a blast last summer around water! I had trailered her out to a friends house a few weeks after I bought her and we were doing some arena work with our mares. Well my friend always untacked her mare and led her into the pond for a quick cooldown. So we decided to try it with my mare.
Oh my God she loved it! She hit the drop off and starts swimming across the pond; meanwhile I'm being dragged behind her clamping on to the lead line and screaming her name! I let go and she popped up on the other shoreline, then jumps back in and met me on the other side. After more swimming she stood in about a foot of water and kept splashing with her front hoof. When horses love water, they really love it!
    04-12-2013, 02:15 AM
This photo was taken 24th December 2011 with my friend (holding the horses, her pony Angel (the bay) and me jumping off GK

This was taken a year later on 24th December 2012 and it is me with my TB Bo

Both my horses love the beach. GK isn't a big fan of swimming unless he has gone for a hoon up the sand first. Bo on the other hand is quite happy to spend all his time in the water.

I don't wear shoes, but when taking GK for a hoon I take my wintec saddle along as it doesn't matter if it gets wet, It just hoses off :)
I like to keep their halters on and tie the leadropes up around their necks to use as a neck strap for something extra to hang onto.

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