HN Best of 2016 #15: Beach Ride Becomes Sea Ride
This footage is heartstopping, hilarious, and will make you want to crawl under a stack of electric blankets in your fuzzy socks.
A rider got the frigid dunking of a lifetime while on a group ride near the sea, and while it could have quickly turned into a scary situation, the rider remained calm and both the horse and rider seemed no worse for the wear. (Note: must be logged in to Facebook to view.)
Posted by I Love Horses on Sunday, March 27, 2016
Beach riding can be a memorable cross off the old bucket list, but it can also be a bit scary to a horse unfamiliar with the ocean/shoreline landscape, sounds, and atmosphere. The British Horse Society has a very handy guide on the subject that we highly recommend. Their suggestions include:
- Only ride on equine-approved beaches (duh.)
- Enter the water slowly at an angle, so that a frightened horse will shy instead of rear
- Do not ride in the water if you cannot see the bottom
- Wear high visibility clothing; reflective is even better
- If you’re playing in salt water, be sure to clean your tack and boots after to avoid cracking, warping, and rust
- Going with experienced buddies and horses, particularly if yours is new to the ocean, is highly recommended
- Take a video and send it to Horse Nation (We just made that one up, but it’s a REALLY good idea)
Go Beach Riding.
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