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Old 07-07-2010, 17:02   #1
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My Horse Don't Swim Too Well . . .

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I have been reading this forum for a bit and want to join and read a lot more. I dont have a sail boat or any experience sailing my 12' duck boat wont count. I have spend a fair amount of time on the ocean fishing and diving but no sailing. Most of my life has been spend in the high country sitting on a horse chasing cows and trying to keep the horse under me. I love the high country but am also interested in the sea and would sail long before I motored far. Mostly I am trying to learn and hopefully not ask too many stupid questions. If my plans keep going the way they are I may be looking at started to learn to sail in a year or so and then who knows down the road.
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Hey Cowboy, my horses swam just fine ; -) maybe they need a deeper river?

Owning a horse is similar to owning a boat.

Stall=Berth
Hay=Fuel
Tack=Rigging
Gaits=Sails
Oats=Wind
Shoes=Bottom Paint
Grooming=Pressure Washing
Hole in the barn into which you pour money=Hole in the water into which you pour money
; -)

See, simple?

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Welcome, Cowboy

In my limited experience horses swim fairly well. But I wouldn't want to be on or near one that's doing it.
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They swim ok, but trying to get them to swim to Hawaii could be a lot different from swimming the Minam. You may very well be right in their simalarities, sailboat has to also have the benefit of the quiet feel of nature that a horse has compared to a motor boat or a four wheeler?
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They swim ok, but trying to get them to swim to Hawaii could be a lot different from swimming the Minam. You may very well be right in their simalarities, sailboat has to also have the benefit of the quiet feel of nature that a horse has compared to a motor boat or a four wheeler?
Actually, for me, a horse and a boat both have the same way of channeling my energy in a really good way, easing the ragged edges that life often leaves us with. I can find that calm centered place in the saddle or on the tiller.


4wheeling does NOT do that for me, but maybe it does for you!
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no the fourwheeler doesn't do it for me at all, a sailboat is to a motor boat what a horse is to a fourwheeler? wheelers dont relax me and I avoid them, a horse relaxes me, and I love them, figured the sailboat would be like that?

"Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out." --Abram T. Collier
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This is a bit off target but does have horses and ocean in it.

I was on a barge delivering horses and cows to a remote beach area.
The barge could not get in close for some reason. A broken rear winch or something, so we decided to swim the livestock to shore about 200 yards.

We assumed that as we pushed them over the side they would swim to shore which was plainly in view.

No, they all swam out to sea.
We had to use small boats and go after them, putting a harness on each one and towed them ashore until they could touch the bottom.

We heard afterwards this always happens.
Why I don't know.
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Anchored in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua I was woken about 6 am by the sound of a horse... Though I was dreaming but it didn't stop. Sure enough there's this guy swimming past my boat with a horse. The quiet feel of nature can be odd at times...

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Actually, for me, a horse and a boat both have the same way of channeling my energy in a really good way, easing the ragged edges that life often leaves us with. I can find that calm centered place in the saddle or on the tiller.
I fine with all those similarities, but please don't pressure wash your horse.
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a horse relaxes me, and I love them, figured the sailboat would be like that?
Yes, very calming and relaxing yet on the other hand, ya know that feel of a really powerful runner under you? the horizontal locomotive motion driven by that powerful rear drive? or jumping? and the adrenal rush that goes with it? You can get that sailing as well...


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I fine with all those similarities, but please don't pressure wash your horse.
ok, ok, I won't any more. He never liked it any way...complained the water wasn't warm ; -)
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Having spent many hours both on a horse and a sailboat i can readily see the similarities of experience....there is a peace to be found in both....but, beware both have an equal and opposite side....trying to beat into a storm with high seas is akin to riding a horse that, for some reason, "acts like he's got a burr under his blanket"...exciting as hell when it's happening but nice to be done with.
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That's what makes them sports, not hobbies I guess ; -)
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. You don't need to swim your horse to Hawaii. We have got lots of them already but they are pretty costly to keep.
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"My Horse Don't Swim Too Well . . ."

How well your horse can sail is more important. Or is it how well you can sail your horse?

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