Sunday, September 23, 2012

Horse makes weekly swim across Loch Lomond

You can take a horse to water, but instead of drinking, this filly prefers swimming across a loch to go shopping.

Shoshoni the horse loves to doggy paddle beside her owners’ boat in Loch Lomond from the island of Inchtavannach to the mainland. She enjoys joining Susan Gell and partner Roy Rogers on the weekly 400-yard trip, which takes about five minutes.

Shoshoni, now 19, has been swimming the loch since she was three. Susan, 48, who works in nearby Luss, said: “Horses love water, and do swim naturally.

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“We live on an island and had no means of transportation to take her to the mainland so we tried swimming – and she loved it. Despite being a horse, she took to it like a duck to water. It helps to keep her fit, and we find swimming is good for her mentally as well.”

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