Wha do you/your horse wear when going swimming? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wha do you/your horse wear when going swimming?

What do you wear when going swimming? And what tack do you have your horse in? I plan on going swimming in the lakes and such this Summer once it warms up a bit. I've heard people use their bridles and also loosely tie a rope around their horses neck for something to hold on to.

Also, how do you introduce your horse to water and swimming?
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 12:01 PM
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Im usually bareback in shorts and my swim suit and just have a halter on him

As for teaching them....well my guys are really fish
They LOVE it and I have more trouble keeping them out of the water.

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post #3 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 12:58 PM
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Here we are about to take a dip.

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post #4 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 01:09 PM
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Taffy - Just my opinion, but Black Caviar rocked the suit better :)
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post #5 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 03:37 PM
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Just beware, those horses get slippery when they're all wet! The first time I sent, I only let him go in up to his chest since I wasn't confident I could stay on a slippery horse for the ride back home!
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post #6 of 19 Old 04-24-2013, 06:53 PM
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Tank top, board shorts & a helmet, no shoes, no saddle, a bridle, but I steered with a lead rope around his neck.
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post #7 of 19 Old 04-25-2013, 07:48 AM
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A helmet to swim in? Okay....what ever.

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bikini, barefoot, no helmet, PVC bridle and a leadrope around the neck for something to hold incase I need it. :)
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post #9 of 19 Old 04-25-2013, 08:35 AM
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I don't see the point in wearing a helmet either (when swimming with your horse). As said before, no saddle, rope halter and reins... I usually hold on the mane once the horse swims. Just make sure that you lean forward and kind of float on the horse that makes it more pleasent for you and the horse and it will be easier to find your seat back one the horse gets some ground again. I go swimming with my guys almost every day in the summer! So much fun, can't wait! As for the horse, maybe you have the chance to bring a horse that already knows how and likes it, that will make it easier for your horse to go in. Good luck and TONS OF FUN!!!! Of course we all want to see pics... :0)
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Growing up in Michigan (The Great Lake State!) there were half a dozen lakes within riding distance. I'd hop on bareback with a bridle and my part Arab would dive right in any chance she got. My Paint would have nothing to do with water larger than a puddle.
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