I wish I had written this earlier, because at this point I really cannot remember as many details. Ah well. ;-) I do remember when we were first entering the beach, a random woman saw us with our beach permits (we have to wear a number on our backs) and asked if we had come from a competition. This was so absurd to me that I had to hold back my laughter. I told her no, the numbers were our beach permits. As soon as we were by her, my friend Lydia and I started to giggle. Lydia said, "Yes, we are at a show and I'M WINNING!" It struck me as so silly and set a great tone for the ride.
We started out by walking along the edge of the water, just letting the horses (re)acclimate themselves to the sounds and sights of the beach. We did a little trotting and they were all pretty well behaved. We rode all the way down through the pier at Old Orchard Beach, which was cool. We had to walk the horses underneath the pier and around the posts. It was really neat! We played in the waves and Dreamy was very willing to splash around. At one point she was so far out I was worried she was about to swim (not really, but the water was about at the bottom of my boot!)
We rode just a short ways onto Old Orchard Beach before decided to turn around. We had been out for an hour already, and seeing as it was only the first of April, we did not want to overtax our semi-in-shape horses. Granted, much of our ride was at the walk, but still there was no need to push them.
On the ride back we did more trotting. At one point, we decided to try cantering, which was awesome. Dreamy actually cantered through the surf! It was such an exhilarating feeling to canter along through the ocean water, with the waves coming in and her hooves spraying the saltwater. I think the smell of horse and sea air is the absolute best smell ever.
Overall, it was such a great day! We ended up bringing lunch with us, so after we took care of the horses and loaded them back into the trailer, we sat in my truck and ate lunch. I wish I had more time to go on beach rides, but once a year is better than nothing! :-)
|Lydia and Rey, then Tania and Otis, then Shelly and McKeever, and then Dreamy's fuzzy ears!|
|Dreamy is on the left, Tania and Otis on the right|