Ever dreamed of swimming with horses? C Ponies is your answer!!!
Nothing is more relaxing than a ride on the beach on the back of a horse. The beauty of the water, the feel of the horse under you, and the smell of the natural sea air really calms me down. I heard of a company called C Ponies out of both Brandon and St. Pete that not only allow you to experience a horseback ride on the beach, but actually ride on the back of the horse as he swims in the water! I went down to St. Pete to check out C Ponies and see just what they were all about!
First off, let’s talk about the logistics of C Ponies. The company started out as a horse riding academy that transformed into C Ponies after onlookers took interest in experiencing riding the horses while they were swimming. The owner stated that she started swimming the horses in the summer to allow the horses to cool off and continue to stay in shape. The owner hand selects the horses for not only experience but also the natural love of people and water!
We arrived at the beach early for our trip out into the water by the bridge at St. Pete. We were introduced to our guide and our horses and were given a safety speech and instructions. Once we were done, we got on our horses and were off into the water.
The day we went out into the water was exceptional due to the low tide. We got to experience the sand dunes that were accessible further out and see some amazing things such as dolphins, horseshoe crabs and a ton of fish!
The horses loved the water from the moment we got in. You can tell that they enjoyed not only walking in the water but also snacking on the seaweed and seagrass whenever they could!
We then found a great area to take some pictures to remember our experience by! One of the best things about C Ponies is that they have a waterproof camera that they use to take your pictures and upload them to your smartphone once the ride is over! They even take some video clips for you to use!
After walking down a bit and taking our pictures we got to swim with the horses. I will admit that I was a little iffy about the experience before we started because I had no idea what to expect however it was amazing! When you’re on the back of the horse you can feel their power when they are swimming in the water! I absolutely loved the experience and cannot wait to go back and do it again!
If you’re looking for something unique and fun to do, then make sure you check out C Ponies! To learn more about the swim and to book your date, check out their website here!
Check out some of our video footage from our day with C Ponies below!!!