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post #21 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 05:59 PM
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I've never seen him in person, just photos :) I do know the owner though.
Oh, very cool! :) I imagine that "stallion" just sounds cooler than "gelding." ;)

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post #22 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 08:42 PM
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I don't think he was spooked.
I dont think he is stupid.

I work at a Water park. Sometimes you just gotta swim!!!!!
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post #23 of 32 Old 05-17-2012, 08:58 PM
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Also think, he was probably very disorientated after just a little ways into the water.
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If he was a stallion I was considering buying a breeding from him.
If he had the ability to swim for hours his conformation is very good if you ask me,
Now I'm going to find out who he is sired by. Shalom
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post #25 of 32 Old 05-18-2012, 09:58 AM
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There wasn't a rider on the horse when he spooked. The trainer was walking him alone the shoreline to introduce him to the water, I guess, before getting on him. The photographer was having a "clinic" and there were many photographers there, so it's possible that he spooked and ran into the water to get away from all the people. Also, as I understand it, he wasn't very far into the water at first and was swimming parallel to the shore, until someone tried and failed to lasso him and he swam further out.
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post #26 of 32 Old 05-18-2012, 12:22 PM
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Crazy! Amazing indurance! Did say what his discipline is? I'd seriously considering making endurance now! Though it confuses me why his reaction would be to run at the wave that spooked him...but I guess horse logic works differently then ours

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They are incapable of logical thinking by human standards. They act on instincts. We moderate their responses with training. When totally overwhelmed by fear, they go back to those instincts. When you really get down to it, we do the same thing. What would you do if you were suddenly surrounded by monsters from outer space that were trying to eat you?
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post #28 of 32 Old 05-18-2012, 02:58 PM
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Totally agree with you Celeste! Animals don't rationalize, they react. The horse was overwhelmed with fear, became disoriented and instinct just told him 'swim'. That's all.

Glad everything turned out okay, though! I hear the vets say he is doing just fine and is gets to go back home:)
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Wow, an amazing story! I dont necessarily think he is a
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'crazy ass, spooky Arabian who can't do anything else'.
though. Just... a frightened Arabian. What amazing endurance he had, though! Although, as some of you have mentioned... quite weird to swim 3 miles out in the middle of the ocean... Still, quite a story.
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post #30 of 32 Old 05-18-2012, 04:09 PM
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I wonder if he swam so far he got disoriented. Going up and down on those waves could easily disorient a person. You can see then you can't. I can easily see how he tried to escape the people, noise, boats, flashing then ended up bobbing in the ocean without clear sight of land.
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