Daisy and I loaded up the horsevan with all our relevant accoutrement, including Iacs and Haakon. En route, we picked up a friend and I handed her my camera, briefly explained how it worked and put her in charge of photography.
We unloaded at Sand beach – mind, I said I was planning a trip last week. Unloaded and tacked up.
We decided to lead the boys down to the beach as it is steep and they don’t know the terrain.
On we got and I had one worrying moment when I lost the reins while clipping my air-jacket to the saddle!
Panic over, and off we set – me now with the reins (always useful).
We were going along fairly nicely……
…. when Haakon decided he was no longer the brave bunny he thought he was. On the way down the beach he swerved or planted at just about everything, which was frustrating.
There were a few folk and families on the beach.
Once we had reached the far end, we turned on a sixpence and Iacs cantered back while Haakon determinedly piggy-paced.
I knew Haakon used to love the sea so I turned him round and let him investigate it a bit more.
It all came flooding back to him – quite literally!
And then we did lots of sploshing up and down the beach.
And Daisy did her cantering thing (so jealous).
And I had my mouth open and feet stuck out while we piggy-paced along.
Though, interestingly, Haakon would tölt in the sea.
It really was beyond fantastic.
Just like old times. I never thought I would have this again.
We definitely need to do this again.
The old men loved it.
And then we loaded them up and went back home.