Kim and Rio and Mara and I headed out on a double loop ride this morning. We had a perfect relaxed pace, we cantered up the hill on the Meyers road and we savored the sights along the way.
On the second loop we were between the woods and a soybean field just ready to turn the corner to head over the dike. All was calm, I stopped to take a photo when a bird in the soybean field ‘got us!’ Mara did a huge swing around so Rio did the same and Kim went off. Darn. My camera went flying off too. Thank Goodness, Kim got up and was alright, amen. This was a scary situation for all of us.
We calmed the horses, caught our breath and remounted for a peaceful walk back to the Barn.
Then Pat let us use his ATV to return to the site of the mishap and we even found my camera!
There are hidden hazards on the trail, today we experienced a very real and dangerous situation. I do love the peaceful tranquility of trail riding and believe our horses are solid trail horses however they are real horses and there are real risks on trail rides. I’m so grateful all ended well for Kim and me this time.