To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Old friends, new partners

YES! We made it to the beach yesterday, Kate and me and our young equine partners! We went to Bob Straub State Park (a first for both of us), which had a huge parking lot, restroom, and a scenic trail to the beach through forest and dune.
It was a foggy, gray day, but the temperature was comfortable, the wind was calm, and we had the beach mostly to ourselves – in other words, it was just about perfect. As were our horses! Kate has only had her filly for two weeks, but Dinah wa a good as gold. She handled all the new things she encountered with aplomb, only acting a bit nervous about a big sign, and a jogger who came up from behind us. And what a nice walk and trot she has! Kate has definitely found herself a treasure in this Welsh Cob x Trakehner.

I was proud of my boy, too. Lance was less worried about the surf this time, although we still didn't make it into the water. (A little wave did lap at his heels, which alarmed him but he survived. ;-) Logs were no biggy; foam was defeated; wet sand was accepted; and all three gaits were practiced.

Haystack Rock is barely visible on the right side through the fog
Bonus: Kate got some photos of us!

It's a good thing we didn't attempt our trip last Sunday. After our ride we stopped for soup and pastries at The Grateful Bread (great name AND food!), and the lady there said last Sunday it was 12 degrees with snow on the ground – on the Oregon Coast!


Laura said...

Looks like you had a great time! I'm jealous... But I have mountains close by, so I guess it's a trade-off!

Theresa said...

Hooray! Looks like it was filled with wonder and mystery with the conditions. Pretty mare and such a handsome Lance!

Alanna M said...

I'm glad you guys were able to go. I love the beach! :)

Briana said...

Yay! Looks gorgeous! Love the picture of Lance and the foam--such a brave boy ;)

Mary said...

What marvelous and fun pictures!! You 4 had such a great time.

Anonymous said...

So glad you were able to get away with your friend and the horses for a beach ride!!!