“Simmer Dim” is the shortest night or the longest day, depending on your perspective.
We were invited by Houlls & Hounds on Burra (another island) to join them on their Simmer Dim ride.
As we were four, I transported over Klaengur and Haakon the day before and then Kappi and Iacs on the day.
We set off – at about 21:30, all wearing hi-viz and/or lights.
We were aiming to get to Bannamin Beach – about 2 1/2 miles away.
Bannamin is a tombolo and connects Burra Isle with, I think, the Isle of Banna Min (though I may be wrong – please tell me).
We started by walking in a a very controlled way up and down the beach, so the horses could become accustomed to their surroundings – for us, our horses had not been here before.
Then there was a tölt down and a canter back up.
Now, that I can do, I think.
Then we walked back down and cantered back up at a speed that was most acceptable to horse and rider, apparently!
It was brilliant. The best fun I have had in years. So nice to ride with folk who were happy and in control (because they had all been trained by Bjørn). This was a relaxed ride with like-minded folk.
No one squealed, no one was out of control and all the horse and riders got on beautifully.
Even me, with my “bitchy resting-if terrified” face. God alone knows why I look like this. I can only think that I was realising that it was one of my last rides as my back was very unhappy in a give-me-painkillers-now way.
Darling Haakon. I haven’t ridden him for months – I lost my mojo . But he is always the same and I am always very grateful. My best friend forever.
We went home, having been endlessly photographed by various folk, including The Shetland Times.
It was a wonderful evening. Nice people, beautifully behaved horses and much fun for us all. I would definitely do this again, if my spine let me.