Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: in a mystical, magical place called Pennsylvania, USA
We are so lucky to live only a 15 minute ride from the river, so we go at least once or twice a week in the summer. Now, we hardly ever are actually swimming, as it's pretty shallow. But it gets up to about shoulder height on our 14hh ponies. There are places it gets deeper though. My horse personally LOVES water, and her son seems to have inherited her waterhorse trait, at least, at 3 weeks, he loves hoses and any water. Our older Haflinger tolerates it, but doesn't love it. What we ended up doing last summer was just tying her to a brick 5ft out from shore (The water was probably only 8inches or so) and just let her play with it and all while we wandered and floated with my horse.
Both my mom's horses have loved water, as long as they can splash it at their and other horse's riders. :)
We have had several times we found deep spots and actually swam, and, at least for Tiara, it was just like we were walking along, and suddenly she got very smooth and the water flowed over her back, then she found solid ground and starting walking again. She was completely calm about it.
There was one very scary time though. We were very board and hot, so we just decided to follow the creek through the woods. It's pretty small, maybe only 20 or 30 ft across, and this was during a drought. We were walking around a bend where there was a big, rooty tree on one side and a pile of sticks and rocks and debris on the other. The water had never gotten over knee height, so we just walked straight in. They were a bit apprehensive, and rightly so, because it turns out the river just drops off there. We were walking along, and suddenly, the ground seemed to have disappeared. Tiara got scared and actually part-way reared, stretching her back legs out, and they STILL didn't touch bottom! She then turned and plunged, scrambling over the pile of debris. My friend was able to turn Troya around before she fell off the edge. I was able to stay on, thank god, and we were all unhurt. But that just goes to show, be careful around water, especially creeks and rivers. They sometimes just drop off. We know a place around here where there is a small river. In on spot it's maybe 2 feet deep, and lots of families come there to let their kids run around in it. Then, 200 feet upstream, it drops off 150 ft and people practice scuba diving there.
Anyways. When we go, we usually ride down to the river in shorts, bareback. We sometimes wear boots and take them off, or just wear sandles. We take off our helmets, and either go in halters or bridles, depending on the horse. Just make sure to oil the bridle after, if it's leather.
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