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post #1 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Swims Three Miles Out To Sea - Is Rescued

Wow - what a story!
U.S. News - Arabian show horse rescued after swimming three miles into the ocean

So glad it had a happy ending. I was surprised by the assertion of the owner, though, as I have always known horses to be very good swimmers...maybe she what she meant was to voice concern over him tiring due to distance/time spent swimming, I don't know.
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post #2 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 08:28 AM
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Wow! Glad it was a happy ending and I agree with you on swimming. Horses are pretty good swimmers but that was a long swim!
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post #3 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 09:37 AM
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Wow, so glad it ended well! I know many horses like water but I didn't realise that they could swim (I'm new to horses). Never would have thought a horse could make it 3 miles...amazing.
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post #4 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 09:44 AM
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While I'm glad the horse was rescued, it didn't warm my heart. All I could think was, 'Why the hell is that dingbat a stallion? I sure wouldn't want to breed to that lack of intellect!'

It's not normal for a horse to swim OUT to sea, regardless of how much they get spooked. Run down the beach? Sure. Go a little way into the surf then run back? Absolutely. Swim out more than 3 miles into the ocean? Um, no.

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While I'm glad the horse was rescued, it didn't warm my heart. All I could think was, 'Why the hell is that dingbat a stallion? I sure wouldn't want to breed to that lack of intellect!'

It's not normal for a horse to swim OUT to sea, regardless of how much they get spooked. Run down the beach? Sure. Go a little way into the surf then run back? Absolutely. Swim out more than 3 miles into the ocean? Um, no.
I'm glad it wasn't just me that had this thought. Boy, I would not be wanting those genes passed on.
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post #6 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 10:19 AM
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If he can swim out 3 miles and back then I think his endurance would be a very good reason to breed to him.
I definitely wouln't rule him out as a stud prospect. He is after all an Arabian one of my main things to breed for is stamina. Shalom
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post #7 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 10:22 AM
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I prefer an Arabian with a good mind. There are enough crazy ones out there already. His stamina isn't any reason to breed on those genes, as there are plenty of intelligent, sane Arabians with stamina.

'Endurance' doesn't equate to 'crazy ass, spooky Arabian who can't do anything else'.

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post #8 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 10:22 AM
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When a horse spooks, nothing is normal! Wish they would have given a little more info on what happened. Glad he's doing ok.
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post #9 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 10:25 AM
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If a horse spooks that dramatically, there's something wrong with him mentally. Betcha he's a product of heavy inbreeding, um, I mean linebreeding. People aren't the only ones whose gene pools need an influx of new blood from time to time.
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Horses are animals of prey; flight animals. He panicked. He bolted. He didn't know what to do because he was not in his natural environment. He is not stupid as horses go. Horses are not supposed to have logical thinking ability. They are animals that act on their instincts. This horse has great endurance and strength. He has no instinct helping him deal with photo shoots, oceans, large crowds of people, and boats. He does have the instinct to keep trying in an impossible situation. If I found myself in the middle of the ocean, I might give up. He kept trying. I am glad that he made it.
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