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?