Horseback Riding was offered at Buccaneers and we were keen but we had tried riding in Mongolia and Skye had a bad experience! The horse she was on got spooked and fell over on its side! Somehow Skye managed to get off and just walk away – it was truly quite an athletic achievement! However it seemed that her horseback days were over before they started. M.C. and i were keen to literally get her back in the saddle! After a lot of support and gentle coercion, Skye agreed to give it another try! So it was me and the three girls off to the corral!
We met Penny, the owner of the horses nearby and each of us was introduced to our horse. Kaia was on Sensi, Skye on Flicka, Willow on Dusty and i was given a horse named Ganja….The other girls were fine and we had a lovely girl from the States leading WIllow’s horse and Penny led Skye and Flicka – just to be sure. However it wasn’t long before both Skye and WIllow were riding on their own and loving it!
We went down a road then into the bush and down a major hill to the beach. The first part was rocky and we were all told to just let the horses find their own way. This was followed by the nice sandy part of the beach then back up a big hill and a triumphant return to the corral! The girls then walked their horses across the street to their grazing area! A super successful day for all…..kind of. I have spoken for years about my allergies but my family has never seen a full blown attack. Now they have – when we got back to Buccaneers and I removed my glasses my eyes looked like i had gone a few rounds with Tyson – swollen almost closed and tearing up. My sneezing and nose were a mess and i was itchy everywhere….luckily i travel with tons of meds and after cling my eyes and some anti-histamines i was at least looking a little better! Despite that it was a hugely successful day and Skye says she would ride again!