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post #1 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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The dangers of swimming your horses.

Now this is in no way me telling people NOT to swim your horses - go ahead if you wish. This is just a warning of what can happen.

Yesterday, a woman took her daughters pony into the sea to cool off in the heat in Cornwall (UK), and the pony spooked, panicked and swam into deep water. The owner made the decision to get off, and though numerous attempts were made by onlookers and the coastguard to rescue the pony, it eventually drowned.

I can't quite imagine how that family must feel now - stay safe out their guys, if you know the water you're going in gets out of your horse's depth.

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Horse drowns after being taken swimming in sea at Marazion | This is Cornwall
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 12:47 PM
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That is terribly sad =( I can only imagine what the owner is going through at this time.

I've taken my horses swimming in creeks where their feel can't touch in maybe one or two spots but for the most part their feet can touch. I've also taken my one horse to the ocean but only went in knee deep (I kept having visions of a wave coming and swamping us.)

A girl around my way took her horse swimming in a pond-thing with a small group of riders. She had left his tie down on and accidently drowned her horse. She took him to where his feet couldn't touch and he couldn't get his head out of the water. I wasn't there but hearing about it was horrible.

It's terrible when things like this happen. =( It really is.

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post #3 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 02:16 PM
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There are dangers in everything and you always need to take precautions but don't completely avoid fun things. We've swam our horses a minimum of 2x yearly out of necessity (sometimes more) for 30+ years across a deep, quick river with undertow. Out of the hundreds of crossings we've only had one horse drown (his name was Bubbles, ironically... Heh). We NEVER use tie downs, loosen cinches when practical, and tell all inexperienced riders to keep their hands OUT of the horses mouth and let the horse have his head.
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 02:18 PM
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How sad. I've always found swimming with your horse to be unnecessary and dangerous....it's a little too Disney and Black Stallion for me.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 05:17 PM
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Awe how sad indeed
my heart goes out to the family

My cousins horses swam in the river with us
but an ocean is way different

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 05:20 PM
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I'm with gaminggrll. I do not like swimming horses as that is my exact fear. That story made me feel sick, and I can only imagine how terrible it was when the horse drowned with the tie-down on. No thanks, not for me.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 05:35 PM
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I used to swim horses when I was a kid. They steer easily, even in water. I'm too old & too cautious to do it now, plus riding in wet underwear isn't fun.

Another caution, if you slide off your horse get away from it. Those legs are essentially making kicking motions & if you get in front of the horse it may try to climb you. You can get back on if you approach from the side & near the withers.
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At my age now I would not try it

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 06:13 PM
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I'm a big chicken with water. I have swam in our very calm lake, and not very far out, but it makes me so nervous especially on a horse who hasn't swam before.

The funny thing is, my Mom LOVESS taking the horses into water. Yet, she jumps in every single water crossing possible, and is always the one getting into trouble or falling in the water. My previous older gelding Rebel, bless his soul, was actually coming out of the water with her after swimming and fell sideways in the mud on her and landed deep in the water. THAT was not pretty. Then before that, when we had Ruger as a three year old, she took him into the lake and he went right in but he tripped, face planted, got high centered on a big rock we were avoiding and sliced his legs up.

It's not even the drowning that worries me the most anymore. It's me going out into the water, having my horse lose her footing and fall on me/break a leg or something. I don't know. I have nightmares about it. I still go in the water sometimes but it makes me nervous.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 06:14 PM
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Oh and it doesn't help that Selena think it's nice to roll in the water. Without fail, she will try every time...Even if I'm on her. I ALWAYS have a crop for that situation....

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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