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        04-29-2013, 10:49 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Fi at the Beach

    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.

    Enjoy :)

    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 ;)
         
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        04-29-2013, 04:10 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    Too cool!
    We went on a trail ride yesterday, and part was *supposed* to go through the edge of a pond, up to their knees, I would guess. Our friend, the one who had been on the trail before- her horse went with no real issues, both mine and my DH's gelding said 'yeah, I think not!' Urgh! What a pain that no matter how hard we tried, they just backed up and refused! So good for you! :)
    Pretty girl too!
         
        04-29-2013, 04:30 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    That's so neat! I want to see the wild horses on the beach. Which beach was it?
         
        04-29-2013, 04:58 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GracielaGata    
    Too cool!
    We went on a trail ride yesterday, and part was *supposed* to go through the edge of a pond, up to their knees, I would guess. Our friend, the one who had been on the trail before- her horse went with no real issues, both mine and my DH's gelding said 'yeah, I think not!' Urgh! What a pain that no matter how hard we tried, they just backed up and refused! So good for you! :)
    Pretty girl too!
    There definitely was a good bit of "Uh, I don't think so!" Fortunately time was on our side in this situation. My husband is very tolerant and great with my hobby and the horses :) She did her fair share of backing up and side-passing to avoid it for a little while before I got off and showed her it was no biggie

    Thank you!!

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    Originally Posted by 2horses    
    That's so neat! I want to see the wild horses on the beach. Which beach was it?
    Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/Kendra.H4rv...2842227&type=3

    It's a public album so even if you don't have FB, you should be able to see it no problem. The ponies we saw were at the very end of that album. I didn't have my camera on me so I didn't get any, but my husband managed to get a picture of the pony that followed us a bit :)

    Assateague Island :)
         
        04-29-2013, 05:22 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hang on Fi    
    There definitely was a good bit of "Uh, I don't think so!" Fortunately time was on our side in this situation. My husband is very tolerant and great with my hobby and the horses :) She did her fair share of backing up and side-passing to avoid it for a little while before I got off and showed her it was no biggie
    Yeah, we had thick thorny trees on both sides of us, so I am sure that didn't help the 'going down the tunnel into our watery death trap' mentality they were both getting! Neither have any exposure to water aside from large puddles, in their defense, and this was a big pond! So that is certainly something to work on. :)
    Too cool that you got to see wild ponies... I think I would have also been high-tailing it as well, worried about them getting along! Lol
         
        04-29-2013, 05:39 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    She is lovely! I love the last picture.
         
        04-30-2013, 12:57 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Hang on Fi, thanks for sharing. I would love to visit Assateague Island some
    Day.
         
        04-30-2013, 03:45 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Looks like a lot of fun (I'm sure once she really gets used to it, it'll be even more so)! She's a beautiful girl too!
         
        05-02-2013, 11:54 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thank you all for the comments, if you get the opportunity to go on a beach. Grab it and grab it fast :)
         
        05-02-2013, 12:04 PM
      #10
    Super Moderator
    What a nice visual documentation of helping a horse get past something scary.
    One can see that your horse looks to you for leadership.
    Hang on Fi likes this.
         

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