Going to swim with a horse, do not forget about safety!
In this article I want to share tips that will allow you to enjoy a safe swim with your horse.
1. Learn about the features of the reservoir in which you plan to swim. This factor is perhaps the most important from the point of view of safety while swimming with a horse. If you do not know what awaits you, then draw an injury and put the horse at risk. You should be aware of the peculiarities of the coast, the bottom (is there a pit under water, what is the bottom (silt, sand, stony), about the flow properties.
Keep in mind that ground can be deceiving. The mud along the border of the water at the river or lake may be too deep, and the horse may become frightened and start to panic. In lakes and rivers under water, fallen trees, stones, dangerous household garbage, machinery parts, etc. can be found. Resist your own desire to explore dark unknown objects in the water.
2. Consider the characteristics of your horse’s character and attitude to water.
If this is the first time the horse has visited the beach, let her get used to the place before pulling her into the water and asking her to swim. Even if your horse is physically fit, walking on water and swimming with the rider is a very energy-intensive work, so be attentive to how the horse behaves. If you swim at depth, allow the horse to keep its head as it is comfortable, – there is no need to ask it to give in the jaw or the back of the head! If you go to the sea on a hot day, think in advance about how you will ensure the horse’s water needs (it cannot drink salt water).
3. Do not take risks! Always use caution. If you do not know how strong the current in the river is, if it seems to you that the river is deep or fast, it is better not to go there.
4. Do not swim alone! There may be situations on the water when you or your horse need emergency help. Make sure the stables know where you are going and have an idea of the time of your intended return.
5. Check out the gear! Do not drive into the water if the horse is wearing a sprint, decoupling or martingale. If you wind up a horse in the hands, make sure that the reason or tombour does not sag, and that the horse will not be able to step into them and get lost in the water.
6. How to swim with a horse? Do not strive for depth if you do not know how to swim. If you need to get off the horse at a depth, stay away from its hooves. If you jumped from a horse into the water, the safest place is at its side, do not swim up to the horse in front.
7. Watch out for whether the horse does not want to sway or lie down in the water. This is one of the oldest tricks: when you ride a horse into a river and stop in shallow water, your horse begins to dig for water and, before you understand what has happened, it lies down sharply and begins to swing with you in the saddle! To prevent this, do not let the horse dig in the water.