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post #11 of 19 Old 04-25-2013, 11:01 AM
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The reason for the helmet is if you slide off the back of the horse, there is a chance you could get hit in the head with one of his paddling legs. Read that years ago in a horse magazine, also it's just second nature to me to put on a helmet every ride every time, I feel weird getting on a horse without one.
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I've never wore a helmet and never will. Here's a picture of my big bay baby next to my first pony I ever had. I plan on swimming with her. And yeah, I heard that you lay across their back instead of sitting on them so that it is more comfortable for you and the horse.
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The reason for the helmet is if you slide off the back of the horse, there is a chance you could get hit in the head with one of his paddling legs. Read that years ago in a horse magazine, also it's just second nature to me to put on a helmet every ride every time, I feel weird getting on a horse without one.
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I'd be afraid I'd fall off the horse and my head would go down while my feet come up ......I'd think you'd also need a life jacket......Do they make a helmet that floats and doubles as a life jacket?

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I wear absolutely nothing....Lady Godiva style...
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LOL, ^^Chick is much braver than I. I can't even imagine the horsehair in the....um...unmentionables.

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Whenever I'm going swimming, I normally just wear swimming attire myself but my horses don't wear any working tack because all my tack is leather. They get ridden in a halter with rope reins.

The first time I took Dobe swimming, I did have a cheapy bareback pad (no stirrups) that I put on him just to have a bit of traction. Once most of the excess water is off them, they aren't so slick, but going along in the water, it will get between your legs and the horse and it's about like trying to ride a greased whale LOL.

As for the first time trying to swim with them, I stick with the relative shallows (as deep as they can go without losing footing) for quite a while until they are comfortable, then I will start taking them out on very short deeper excursions where they have to swim for a few seconds.

Keep in mind that horses have to work really hard to keep their head above water if you sit on them square as if you were riding on dry ground. If you are going to take them deep for more than a few seconds or if you plan to try to cross a deeper body of water (pond/river), then you'll need to get off and float beside them. Grab a handful of mane and let them drag you along beside them as they swim.
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hmm, may need pictures to ensure i understand what lady godiva style means....

for me and those I ride with it depends fully on the reasons we are in the water work or fun...also, the warmer the weather, the less clothing worn

if we are going to truly "swim" then we take all tack off the horse, if it's just for fun
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I wear absolutely nothing....Lady Godiva style...
Yikes! We'll, the question was asked.....many years ago I probably would have joined you......heck, you could at least wear a helmet...
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LOL! I don't think I would be considered neked if I was sporting the helmet!
Nah, I was playing about the Lady Godiva horse swimming(sorry ropinbiker no pics!), I at least wear my skivvies, like smrobs said, you don't want horse hair in the nooks and crannies...eek!
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Actually they make you wear helmets when you river raft, but also life jackets. I don't know, I just wear a helmet whenever I get on a horse. Never thought about a life jacket, as they impede you when you swim.
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