Just in case you don’t know, horses can swim without instructions! When a horse goes into the water, the body is too large to float. A swimming horse’s head can simply rise above the water and the bottom of its body remains in the water.
However, if you allow the rider to go through the water they have enough stability to carry the rider. The horse moves forward and moves its legs as if walking. Horses are good swimmers, and seeing other horses swim can of course be embarrassing to swimmers. Semicircular pools for supporting horses in general have become the highlight of some cross-country stables.
In the video below, you can see River, a beautiful 4 year old Dutch warm-blooded horse that recently traveled from Ireland to Dubai with its owner. You can see her swimming for the first time in the video! Her owner discovered that the Sharjah Riding & Racing Club had a pool of horses and thought it was a good idea to send River there.
As you can see, River has a good time and is pretty good at swimming, so the owner decided to take River out once a week to swim. We must say that the pool looks so relaxed, and we want to be there. Check out the beautiful Dutch Warmblood horses in the video below!