Born and raised in Missouri and having never left state until last year, I'm quite proud of how she reacted.
There aren't any "exciting" Pictures of her galloping full tilt down the beach, I don't believe a "gallop" is even in her vocabulary ;) Also, please keep in mind this isn't a "looking for critique" post either.
She wasn't sure about it, but walked up to the water with some convincing. I ended up getting off and walking along the shoreline with her. She spooked the first handful of times the water touched her, but she got loved up and eventually realized the water wasn't going to eat her. When the water caught her the second time she jumped off all fours, but soon as I told her "Whoa" she stood there with a look on her face "Can I react now?!" She did get to the point where she tried to paw the water, but seemed perplexed as to why it kept disappearing. She absolutely LOVES the water and loves to paw in it.
Fi was a good girl and while we didn't just ride out in the water like I've done in the past with my gelding, it was cool and the water was a bit more active today... So we settled for a nice "gallop" and some random visitations to the water again. Couldn't have been more proud of her.
We did see a few of the wild ponies there, one of which followed us down the shore a good 1/2 a mile.
^ This is what you would consider Fi's uneventful "prance." She was anxious with the water behind her and would've preferred to keep moving versus taking a picture. Probably within the first 5 minutes of hitting the beach. So understandable :)
^ This was the pony that followed us for a bit. A herd came onto the beach, which prompted us to turn around. I had no interest in seeing how they would "react" with our horses
^ Fi "buckled" her legs, but never moved :)
Fi was like "Ok, I got in there, stood stock still as the water touched me. can we leave now?"
Then my favorite ;)