horses playing in water

Most horses are naturally curious about water and enjoy playing and splashing, especially on hot summer days.

Going swimming with horses is nothing new, although the idea of doing it purely for fun and enjoyment is usually left to unsupervised children with their ponies. Come on, raise your hand if you’ve you’ve ever gone swimming with your horse–it’s fun! There are numerous professional horse training facilities that swim horses for fitness and rehabilitation from injuries. And if you are like most people, you just enjoy taking your horse for a dip after working or during a trail ride or campout.

However, a sad subject seems to come up every year in the really hot dog days of summer, and the stories are always tragic. Drowning is not something that can easily be solved by calling 911, either for people or horses. You have to think ahead and prevent these tragedies: