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        08-02-2010, 02:28 AM
    Scary scary. At least she got out okay. I did something similar with Jester but I had to hold into his tail and he hauled me out because I was alone riding by the lake and we just sunk almost instantly. No warning. I was in worse shape than him though, and thank god for that. I can only vaguely imagine how freaked you must have been.
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        08-02-2010, 09:52 AM
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    

    Last year, two girls weren't so lucky when their horse went down in the SAME bog. Almost broke his leg and was laid up for months, they had to sic DOGS on him to convince him to get out, there's just NO way to get leverage and pull.

    Sorry, confused by this. If you knew there was this problem there why did you take your horse thru there?

    So glad everyone is OK.
        08-02-2010, 10:25 AM
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Sorry, confused by this. If you knew there was this problem there why did you take your horse thru there?

    So glad everyone is OK.

    That thought ran through my mind too.
        08-02-2010, 10:30 AM
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    I've been there. We needed a back hoe to get the old boy out. It really is scary and I'm sure you worried all night long and didn't feel better until you saw her this morning. I'm glad she's ok. Scary stuff huh?
        08-02-2010, 10:35 AM
    My friends always want to ride/swim into the flooded cornfields and regular fields around here. As small of a chance as it is that my horse could sink in the muddy mess below the water it has always terrified me so I refuse to go in. Unless it's a deep creek, easy river, or a small lake that is known to be completely safe I don't trust it.
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        08-02-2010, 11:09 AM
    Horses are natural born swimmers. The size of their chest and lungs give them a significant bouancy aid. But bogs are not included.

    I have swum on horse back whilst sitting in the saddle in a lake and in the sea - that's where the waves come in. No problems.
    The horses were swimming along and me, well I was up in the saddle as though on a canoe.

    The horse's hooves make a naturally shaped paddle and a horse can swim for hours - it is the temperature of the water that makes the difference. Be careful of very cold water.

    But bogs - oh be careful. We have moors in Britain and they can be fun to ride. But if you are mounted on a local horse then they know what to be careful of and bogs are such things. If the terrain is boggy then let the horse choose the way and listen to it.

    I won't ever take my own horse across to the moors where the bogs are. She would not know the way out.

    Two of the memorable moments in my life with horses are associated with bogs. In both cases the horses went down into the bogs to their knees with me still mounted. To get off or not to get off - that was the question.
    I am still here so we - that's the horses (William & Puddy) and me -, must have made the right decisions.
    And by the look of those photos - so did you make the right decisions. Well done.
    Give that horse of yours a special treat.

    PS Get those signposts changed.
        08-02-2010, 11:17 AM
    I'm so glad everyone is okay. My heart was pounding just reading about it. Those horses need a good treat. And here's hoping your mare doesn't now have an intense fear of water.

    Lesson learned though, eh? Don't ever take a horse through unknown water. My friend took her horse into water once, but there was boards with nails sticking out under the surface, and when her mare fell [also an Arab, who handled the whole situation quite well] she gouged her knee open. It's amazing that she's sound as a dime today.
        08-02-2010, 02:05 PM
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Sorry, confused by this. If you knew there was this problem there why did you take your horse thru there?

    So glad everyone is OK.
    I didn't until AFTER which is a huge part of why I'm so angry. If this has happened BEFORE, why is the trail not marked with a warning? Shay-la found this information out when she asked for help, and wisely chose to hold it from me until Zierra was safe. We are returning this week with warning signs to put at the shore of the marsh.

    After posting the photos and map on Facebook, another friend of mine freaked because she almost crossed the same marsh/bog a couple days ago, but her horse wisely refused to cross.
        08-02-2010, 02:27 PM
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    It's hard to tell on trail. A friend of mine went to cross a creek and ended up calling a tow truck to get her old boy out. My pond was perfectly safe until we had a bad rainstorm that washed the caldren pipe away. I had no idea how swampy it had gotten, within just a few days time.
        08-02-2010, 03:18 PM
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    I think I'm annoyed because from the sound of the ranch hands, this happens on a somewhat frequent basis. They just completely re-marked all trails this year, so is it really that difficult to put up a warning sign saying it COULD be boggy? I guess it was very stupid on my own behalf, but these trails are completely manicured by the province (being a provincial park) and checked regularly. I could understand if we ventured off on our own, but this was a clearly marked (and recently RE-MARKED) trail specifically designated for horses and hikers.

    I definitely know better, but I never would have tried it if it hadn't been designated. And I understand people not realizing it IS boggy, but this has happened on numerous occasions now over the last several years so that's a somewhat lousy excuse, they DO know it happens.

    I know it's nobody's fault but my own for being so naive, it's just hard to not be annoyed, knowing others have endured this EXACT same thing and nothing has ever been done.

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