So my riding instructor is going to take two of her riding students(me and my friend) to a local lake to go swimming. I really want to take my horse, but I don't know exactly how she will be around the water. I know my mare has been swimming before, but that was a long time ago. I also have to ride her bareback so my saddle doesn't get wet. I am a little uncomftorable with bareback now because the last time I rode bareback I almost got bucked off, seriously, I was on her kneck. So I am just looking for a few tips on how to get her into the lake without her freaking out, or me falling off. And some other fun ideas for the water, and helpful tips.
Yes this will be perfectly safe. My riding teacher does it all the time, so please don't tell me its dangerous or something.