Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Swimming A Horse


No Lifeguard on duty!  Be careful, Leah!

Have you ever swam a horse in a lake?  I haven't, but it is up there on my "To-Do" list.  

When I was riding with Rebecca Saturday, she filled me in on what happened while I was gone.  I had asked her to ride Leah once at Palisades to get her out and work on crossing the creek, but she decided a better use of that ride would be taking her to the lake and swimming with her.  

She was right, and it may have been what gave Leah such confidence over that stream crossing I wrote about last.

Rebecca said Leah actually went out far enough to swim, but when the water went over her hind end, she started to buck around and continued bucking when they gained ground.  (Leah has NEVER bucked before, so it was good to know that it is in her repertoire.)  So, of course, they went back out and swam again and Rebecca made sure to scoop the water over her hind end to show her it was okay.  

Almost every Saturday Rebecca takes a group to the lake to swim with their horses.  Everyone I know who has done it has counted it as one of the highlights of their horse lives.  

What are your thoughts and experiences with swimming horses?


15 comments:

  1. When I was a teenager riding my mare Flex, we went swimming all the time. It was so much fun, we always rode bareback and used to slide off their butts, grab their tails and let them tug us around, being mindful of those back legs. Then just tug and be on their backs again. The horses LOVED it as much as we did, and lots of splashing was always the preemptive activity before the swim. Fun!

    Your trip sounds like it was wonderful, glad you got to go to your hubby's heritage land.

    Love the pic of you in your sanctuary. Beautiful, peaceful and thoughtful...

    Oh, and from a post a long while back...I'm a curly girl too! Never have taken the time to blow dry or curl. Too much trouble.

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    1. Ha! That is some catch-up! I've been writing faster than you keep up.

      That is what I'm talking about--everyone who has swam horses seems to remember it fondly. We forget horses are good swimmers!

      Another curly girl. yay! I have to tell you, it is still awkward for me, although, I do love them. It's just so dramatic, everyone keeps pointing it out--including our patients. I can't wait until everyone gets used to it and its no big deal. Even my husband keeps seeming shocked. He loves the curls, but he just can't stop being take aback. Yesterday, he was yet again shocked and asked if I'd used something different to make it curlier. I think it's just getting healthier and, by extension, curlier. I didn't know if he meant it positive or negative, but he assured me he was being positive and wishes I had done this a long time ago.

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  2. I've never done it but have always thought it looked like a blast.

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  3. When I was younger and lived in Alabama instead of in western Washington, the place I kept my horse had a lake actually attached to the "arena" area and when it was 110* out that is more or less what we did daily to keep from dying! :-D

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    1. Amazing! A lake attached to the arena--that would be calling your name every day it was hot. You're very lucky to have had that.

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  4. We used to swim our racehorses in the ocean... Thank you for reminding me how wonderful it was, all those years ago.

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    1. Wow! I bet that was good exercise for them--easy on the joints.

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  5. I've always wanted to try swimming with a horse, and also riding one along a sandy beach splashing in waves. Hope I get to do both, someday. I've felt Koda's back half briefly swim once when we almost got swept down a river. Wasn't exactly what I had in mind, and scared the crap out of both us. You have an awesome opportunity to swim your horse with someone who has experience with horses, as well as the location!!

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    1. I hope you get to do it. I suppose I am lucky. I just have to take advantage of it. ;)

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  6. I've never done it but it looks like fun. My daughter did years ago when she was a teen on her paint horse Lifeguard. They swam in the Long Island Sound in New York. It was close to where we boarded. She had a blast and Lifeguard swam over to a rowboat and started splashing the people inside. Good thing they were good sports and thought he was pretty funny.

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    1. He lived up to his name--Lifeguard!! I have never known a horse with that name before. Your daughter really needs to write down her adventures and share them.

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    2. He got the name Lifeguard because he was a tobiano paint with a white nose that would blister or sunburn. Years ago there was no such thing as sunscreen so we used to put that white zinc stuff on that lifeguards used. There was even a song out back then called I wanna be a lifeguard that everybody at the barn sang to him. He was one of a kind too. She should write her adventures down. Some were funny and some hair raising!

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    3. Yes!! If she is not up for tackling an entire book, your daughter could always start a blog or maybe even guest post on your's?? Just an idea. She's already got three avid readers :)

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  7. It's been a long time since I've done that. I had one horse who loved to swim, and others that would swim if needed but weren't too happy about it. Never had one buck doing it though!

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