Join Date: May 2012
Location: middle of nowhere
• Horses: 0
There are lots of things that could play ito your horses seeming inability to swim. I would say the first is natural boyancy... muscle is denser and less boyant than fat, a heavily muscled horse is not going to foloat as well as a fat horse. Second, your horse trusts the snot out of you to continue going in after inhaling water.. you could damage that by continued exposure... and last, I don't think swimming with horses is a great idea to begin with, a lot of folk do it and enjoy it.. the potential that your horse in responding to a spook could paw you right under the water and injusre or even drown you.. I wouldn't do it again.. My advice, and what I do (or not do) If I need to cross a river I try to find a shallow fordable spot, if not then I don't cross.. if I absolutely had too though I would get us both in the water but on a long lead and go first...
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