As it was, while Chevy and I were trying to swim across the ocean Mystic had lost his footing and fallen down! Tarra was in the water with one foot caught up in his stirrup and Mystic was thrashing around. By the time I got Chevy turned around and heading in the right direction Tarra had gotten free and Mystic had gotten up. He went trotting out of the water and Chevy whinnied and was prancing through the water. I was afraid that Chevy was going to take off after Mystic and decided it was time for me to get off my freaked out horse while I had him mostly contained. I'm not exactly sure what happened but for some reason my feet didn't hit the ground right. We were still in about a foot of water and I wiped out on the landing! I came up soaking wet and covered in sand while Mystic and Chevy went galloping off down the beach. Tarra and I both came out of the water cracking up and walked down the beach to find out horses.
Thankfully there weren't a lot of people on the beach so no one was in their path to get run over (or to catch them). They basically just stopped at the end of the beach and a couple of people were looking at them and petting them. Chevy was circling for a place to roll and I started running over to him since I didn't want my saddle to get trashed. Finally one of them grabbed a hold of Chevy and by the time we got to them they were telling us how sweet and gentle both boys were. We took inventory to be sure both horses seemed fine and led them back down to the water to make sure they got in it again. We then hopped back on to walk around a little bit before heading back to the trailer. We were both sopping wet and covered in sand so we weren't too interested in spending a lot more time riding. I'm just thankful we are all okay. The boys really were good, we just got surprised by that wave being so big and then a series of unfortunate events caused us to all get separated. Talk about a crazy day. I know I will for sure bring a change of clothes next time. I did not enjoy driving home in soaking wet, sandy breeches!
On the way home Tarra and I discussed the fact that a year or two ago our hearts would have been racing during the whole ordeal but neither of us really felt freaked out about it. We were really just busy figuring out what we needed to do to get out of there in one piece. I can't decide if we are getting more brave or stupid! :)
|One of only 2 photos that I took today. It does prove what a gorgeous day it was over there. Both my phone and camera went swimming with me. Thankfully they are working just fine!|