Here you may have some interesting wonderings: Firstly, are horses afraid of water? Secondly, can horses swim?
And the answer is somehow yes.
Horses are afraid of water
It is a common problem for all horses. There is a reason why horses have a fear of water. Horse’s eyes are placed on two sides of horses’ head to help them able to see broad scope surroundings. However, this also prevents the ability to perceive details, so they tend to have little depth perception.
So, naturally, they are afraid of water because they are unaware of what is beneath it. The unknown watery depths make them feel a little vulnerable and increase their panic state.
Many horse owners find it difficult to bathe their animals. The horse doesn't want to cooperate, leading to the human becoming wetter than the horse. The horse bath time is definitely a torture session.
Can horses swim without any difficulties?
Yes. But how?
The first experience the horse has with the water is the most important one because it will shape the horses’ feelings and reactions around water the next time.
For example, when your horse has badly experienced with water, he will be scared and feel difficult to swim in the future. Whereas, if you give him a great time swimming, it is easier for your horse to continue swimming.
The watery fear of horses can be solved gradually by introducing them slowly to the water. It is better to help them adjust to the water than throw them immediately into the river or sea.
If you see your slow introductions to the water with your horses doesn’t work, you can try other ways. A common method is playing with other horses in the water to persuade them that it is a safe and fun environment.
Also, as horses are sociable kind of animal, the fear will disappear when they see their fellow-creatures in the water.
Interestingly, some domestic horses who have been surrounded by water since they were born will feel truly comfortable with swimming.
Why do horses need to swim?
There are a variety of reasons why horses need to swim.
Firstly, horse swimming is a good exercise for your horse.
While swimming, they have a chance to move their body, especially their legs intensively. This help strengthens their core muscles. If you let your horse swim regularly, their fitness can be improved considerably.
Also, horse swimming is often used when the horses have a recent or old injury. It is a beneficial exercise to enhance muscle growth and heal their serious injuries.
Last but not least, horse swimming is a great activity that helps you closer to your horse. If you can make your horses overcome their fear of water, it means that they trust you unconditionally. Or, we can say that the bond between your animal and you is wonderful.