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.