The dangers of swimming your horses. - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 06:21 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 13,934
• Horses: 3
Swimming in the ocean is not like swimming in a lake, however unless your horse is very well trained and you are an excellent rider, don't try it. Yes, I swim with my horse in the lake but I can ride circles around most peops.
SorrelHorse likes this.
waresbear is offline  
post #12 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 09:13 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,474
• Horses: 8
How sad.

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.
FaydesMom likes this.

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)
Britt is offline  
post #13 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 371
• Horses: 2
I take both my horses to the beach. They love it. Bo was trained on the beach when he raced in Broome. He is almost as comfortable in the ocean as he is in the paddock. If his water trough was big enough, I am sure he would take himself for a swim in it.

It's quite normal over here for the race horse trainers to take their horses down for some beach work followed by a swim to cool off. There are designated horse beaches that we go to, they are very sheltered and don't have undercurrents.
I swam competively for 10 years and can definatley hold my own in the water. Having been a surf life saver for 8 years, I can also read the ocean and I know how to minimise the risks to both myself and my boys.

I would never take a new horse to the beach by myself, I would never swim a horse before first assessing how comfortable and confident the horse was in the water, even on a stinking hot day.

There is a risk involved in everything, waking up in the morning, driving a car, putting your horse in a float to go to a competition, popping over a few jumps etc. I am not going to wrap my boys up in cotton wool over fear of what might happen and things I can't change, especially not when it is something they enjoy so much.
I take calculated risks and it is my job as a rider/owner to do as much as I humanly can to avoid putting myself and my horses in a bad situation... In saying that, tragedies do happen but provided I have done all I can to prevet one from happening I am fine with swimming horses.
waresbear, FaydesMom and 6gun Kid like this.

Gene Kelly ~ Omdurman <3 my boys
NaeNae87 is offline  
post #14 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 10:29 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Western Kentucky
Posts: 542
• Horses: 1
As long as you know your horse and the water you are going into, swimming with your horse is one of the most enjoyable ways to cool both of you off on a hot summer day!

I've been horseback in the Pacific Ocean, many inland lakes and rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. One of my bucket list items is take a ride in the Atlantic Ocean before I go.

Years ago, we had a huge appy/draft X that would stand shoulder deep in the river with his butt towards the middle so we could climb up on his butt and jump off. He would stand there all day sticking his nose in the water blowing bubbles!
Britt likes this.

Live well, laugh often, love deeply...An' it harm none.
FaydesMom is offline  
post #15 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Posts: 2,515
• Horses: 2
I took my horse swimming for the first time ever (both mine and his) last weekend- took it very slow because of that, but my guy took to it like a pro. It is good to know that he can/will swim without getting panicky. I wasn't a huge fan of the wet boots and breeches after myself though. Everything is dangerous and I can only imagine how much heartache that owner is going though over losing her horse like that, but that doesn't mean we can live in a padded cell.
Sharpie is offline  
post #16 of 17 Old 07-25-2013, 02:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 18
• Horses: 0
We swim the horses in the lakes around here, but only the horses that we know are comfortable in the water. If it's a first timer, we don't 'make' them go out any further than they are comfortable with. On Memorial Day three of us were out for a ride, one friend was riding a horse that had not been on a trail in about six months. This friend decided that he wanted to go swimming...which we were not prepared for. So we dismounted, dropped the saddles, pulled off our boots and led the horses in (fully dressed) and when we were sure they were ok with being in the water, we climbed on and swam around for over an hour...the horses loved it...the humans had a great time, but ended up riding back soaking wet and of those fun, memorable days.
dznyntnh is offline  
post #17 of 17 Old 07-25-2013, 03:33 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 34,245
• Horses: 3
I saw this one on the BBC website this morning and thought how tragic it was
Apparently horses don't have a concept of 'steering' themselves if they become separated from the rider - as happened here - and they will just keep swimming in a straight line until they become exhausted and drown
jaydee is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Dangers Of Rearing BornToRun Horse Videos 12 04-04-2013 05:59 PM
Swimming With The Horses - Post Yours Too! PerchiesKisses Horse Pictures 6 07-11-2012 05:06 PM
Swimming to an Island, on our horses! Tokoneki Horse Pictures 18 02-07-2012 11:03 PM
swimming with horses (photos) Magaidh Horse Riding & Horse Activity 28 07-05-2011 03:42 PM
Swimming With Horses? Gidji Horse Riding & Horse Activity 4 11-03-2009 11:31 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome