So we believe it when our friends tell us funny stories about the latest thing their baby did, or their dog did, or their cat did, but when our friends just so happen to own horses and they tell us a fantastical story, some might be less than inclined to fall for it.
The truth of the matter is that some people just tend to doubt anything no matter how good you are at storytelling or how wild your daily life tends to be, but can you blame them? I mean, would you believe it if someone told you that their horse went for a swim in their swimming pool every afternoon?
A Horse That Does Morning Laps In The Pool
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a horse swim. Any horse I’ve ever been around has actually had some uncanny fear of large bodies of water, so I can’t say that I’d be overly inclined to believe someone if they told me their horse actually enjoyed leaping into their backyard pool once a day to go for a lap.
But no matter your skepticism or mine, there is in fact a horse that loves to take a swim every afternoon in their owner’s backyard pool! It’s perfectly okay if you don’t believe it, but go ahead and check out the video below.
Not only does the horse leap into the pool, but it takes a thorough lap of the water, enjoying the refreshing experience. When it’s time to get out, it has a slight struggle on the slippery stairs, seeming as though it’s not entirely sure where to place its hooves without falling back into the water. After a bit of strategic work, however, the horse manages to climb out, splashing water around the pool while it saunters away.
Horses are remarkably intelligent animals, some far more intelligent than others, all with the interesting ability to learn and be guided by living beings much smaller than themselves (2).
As natural herd animals, horses can be easily upset and spooked. They have a natural tendency to flee from dangerous situations, or situations they perceive to be dangerous, which is why many horses hesitate to enter large bodies of water like this fearless horse does in the video. Horses prefer to be certain of what they’re doing, and often times reflections make it difficult for them to determine exactly how deep the water is, making the likelihood of them entering somewhat slim (3).
Watch This Horse Swim In A Backyard Pool!
However, some horses, as is evident by this video, are not only free of any water-fears, but actually find extreme enjoyment in a daily swim! What does that say for your skepticism?