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post #1 of 21 Old 05-30-2009, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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So how many of you like going through the water on the trail ride? If you had the chance to take the horses through the lake would you? Or are just a creek and streams crossing person?

I just my mare out on a trail ride today (with about 25 other people) and loved it. Some people rode their horses through the lake to let them drink and cool off. At first my mare did not want to go, but I kept asking nicely. She tromped through the water like a pro. IT WAS SO COOL!!!!

My buddy that was with me, her horses does not like crossing water, except standing in the pond at home. (Any suggestions to get her in the water at the lake?)
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-30-2009, 08:52 PM
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The horse I had as a kid loved the water and I used to swim with him all the time. Solon is pretty sure there are horse hungry monsters lurking below the surface and will do whatever it takes to avoid walking through any water (creek or mud puddle!).
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-30-2009, 10:47 PM
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I love the water and luckily so does my horse! We crossed the river in the valley. the first time she didn't want to go across, I think she was a bit nervous so I led her half way, she was so funny. She followed my exact steps, and watched me carefully. I plan to go on at least a 2 day trail ride with my friend and go swimming in the lake.
I think ponying the horse would be a good idea to start out, then the horse isn't worrying about the rider, and has an encouragement from infront of them. Then I would put a person on the horse and continue to try it again. Then go out and get in again, this time when the horse is comfortable and feeling good I would take off the lead shank and keep going.
Thats a way to do it without u guys getting wet too.
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-30-2009, 11:19 PM
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I absolutely love riding in the water. last summer, I took my gray Mustang swimming in the lake. At first, he was a little nervous at the bank because of the waves (there were whitecaps that day) but after I got him into the water, he was perfectly willing to go to where the bottom disappeared. He really loved it because he kept trying to go back out.

Plus, walking through water every chance you get is a wonderful learning tool. I was on a young horse one time when we were chasing a cow through a plowed field. We were going up-hill and we came up over this little crest and "OH CRAP" there was a mud puddle there. She did a complete 180 and dumped me in the mud. I came out looking like the creature from the black lagoon. LOL. That won't happen with horses who are comfortable with water.
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post #5 of 21 Old 05-31-2009, 02:45 PM
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Love water crossings. Don't like wet saddles.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-02-2009, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had a horse that at home would go out into a pond with no problems, but when they get to the lake or cross a stream, they refuse?

I took my horse out into the pond and walked all the way around it and the other horse that we have been trying to get into the water will follow. However, when it comes to crossing the water somewhere else, the other horse will stand on ground and not move.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-02-2009, 07:49 PM
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love to go swimming with the horses. As long as it's not too far after my saddle gets wet :O)

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post #8 of 21 Old 06-03-2009, 05:01 PM
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When I start horses this is a must. They have to be able to cross water...............plus its fun.

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post #9 of 21 Old 06-03-2009, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Walkamile View Post
Love water crossings. Don't like wet saddles.
Me too We take the mares to our local city lake. They want to go for a swim but we stop them before it gets saddle high. I don't do bareback so I guess its out for me.
smrobs- Sure looks like fun!

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post #10 of 21 Old 06-03-2009, 06:38 PM
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Ugh, I am so jealous. I live in dry So Cal and there is no real water near my ranch that I know of... I would LOVE to go swimming with my girls!
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