Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Yes, it is dangerous to take your horses swimming. However, I also take my horses swimming every summer, several times a year, actually... usually in creeks and ponds where they can touch bottom, but sometimes we hit spots where the horses actually have to swim. My horses love it.
However, things can go wrong just as easily. Just a few years ago, I took my gelding swimming in what we'd been told was a very safe lake... we got tangled up in boating cord and both went under, but we both came out of it unharmed and more scared than anything. I'm more cautious now, but I still take my horses swimming. It's a risk, yes, but it's one I choose to take and am very careful of where I take my horses swimming nowadays.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)