Today we were out riding and sometimes there are para sailers on this one hill right above the trail we take. They have never been a problem. I always get off and walk this part IF they are out there unless the horse is completely ok with them. It's scary for them because they are above them.
So, I'm off walking and the para sailer lost control and headed right for us!! My husband yelled, "HOLD ON." I wasn't watching the sailer because I didn't want my horse to think I was nervous over it or anything. But then I looked and the guy purposely crash landed so he wouldn't hit us and he landed about 15 feet from us. As his giant sail was going WHOOSH up and down.
Both horses went into full flight mode!! I was determined to not let go unless I had to because I didn't want my horse to think I threw him under the bus and I was afraid he'd get hurt once he took off. But both horses spun around in circles and ran backwards and just trying to get away from the monster. He's had tarps wiggle above his head in an arena and he was fine. Just goes to show you, a para sailer is so different out there on the trail. I waited for him to calm down (his eyes were as big as saucers!). I talked to him and once the guy had the sail down and it wasn't flapping, I touched my horse and then we continued to walk away, down the trail. My husband's horse was a bit more shaken up so he continued to walk. I got on once we were well past that spot. He was fine. But GEEZE!!!! That could have been a disaster if I had been on him!!!