Trail Ride Nightmare Come True
Good afternoon all!
So my little barn family, 6 of us in total, like to go on a leisurely trail ride once a week or so. I mean walking down the road to the well marked trails and enjoying each other's company, horses all dolled up in their Sunday best blingy browbands and gaudy saddle pads. We are all experienced horse people, thank god, but last time came upon a ground nest of bees.
One of the horses must have stepped on it, because before we knew what was going on the four horses in the back were getting stung all over. Kicking, rearing, spinning around each other on a narrow trail. One horse and rider went down on top of the nest. Our leisurely hack totally turned into a nightmare.
We have contacted the town, and they say they will deal with it, but we are still worried. Is this normal for this time of year? Is there any way to spot a ground nest before being on top of it? We'd love to keep going out, but now we're well put off the idea of going out any time soon.
Any advice would be very appreciated!