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post #11 of 28 Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Siggav View Post
Aren't you worried about being accidentally kicked by a swimming horse if you're swimming next to them?

That sounds like fun though. Bit of a difference when the water is 40F Heh..
Nope, because we just grab onto their manes and they "tow" us in We never get in the way of their legs.

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post #12 of 28 Old 11-25-2008, 11:56 AM
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When I was a kid my 4-H club would take our horses camping at a recreation park and there was a water crossing on one of the trails. We would all wade our horses around in it going as deep as we could while our horses could still touch bottom, but there was one kid, with a big black horse named Skedaddle, who would go way out and swim with her. He'd get off and just hang an arm over her back while she pulled him along. I was always so fascinated by that, but too chicken to do it myself.

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post #13 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 06:39 PM
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I have taken my horsesswimming in our pond it is so awesome and they love it. In fact they love it so much (the pond is in the pasture)they usually come up to the gate soaking wettt! Of their own accord
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post #14 of 28 Old 11-28-2008, 07:25 PM
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I've never been swimming on horseback but it looks so much fun!

Just remember to check the water depth, just in case.
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post #15 of 28 Old 12-01-2008, 03:54 PM
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How do you get the horses to actually go in the water? April hates mud and puddles, I just have a hard time imagining that she would go into a lake....lol

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post #16 of 28 Old 12-01-2008, 04:00 PM
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I've never done it but I want to! It looks really fun.

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post #17 of 28 Old 12-01-2008, 07:20 PM
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with mine it took alittle bit of patients of course but I walked them down to the edgeand just gave them time and then one step at a time . However one of them I actually had to get off and walk him in a couple times then he just loved it and went in all the time on his own
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post #18 of 28 Old 12-01-2008, 08:40 PM
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I've never actually gone with my horses, but when I was in Jamaica I went horseback riding and they took us in the water. The horses were swimming and everything, it was soooo much fun!!
I want to get my baby to do it too, but it will probably be a while before I try. I have to get a bit more trust from him for that =]]
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post #19 of 28 Old 12-02-2008, 01:40 PM
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We have a huge pond in the blm land next to where I board my horses and there are little islands that you can ride out to its a blast ill have to get pics next summer
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post #20 of 28 Old 12-09-2008, 10:57 AM
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As was already stated. I just want to caution everyone about swimming with proper tack on and take all the safty precautions. Keep the reins up and out of the way and never never swim with a tie-down on.

I have personally never done it. I do have some friends that do it all the time in the summer and it looks like a great time!!!!

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