Karen learned that the trails at the State Park had been reopened so I agreed to meet there at 6:30AM. This shows how bad I wanted to ride! I had to get up by 5:30AM to make this happen and that wasn't early enough. I didn't make it to the park until 6:45! At least I had already saddled so all I had to do was unload and put the bridle on. We were on the trail by 7.
I was in the front in the beginning and snapped this picture. Karen had met another woman who rides named Gay. She is on the grey horse on the far left looking at the photo. Karen bought the horse she is riding from her a couple of weeks prior to this day.
Karen's husband Clayborne is in the white shirt riding the bay on the right of the photo and her uncle is behind him.
Here we are crossing the creek. Karen and Gay are in front of me.
The trails are so green and pretty. We were having a great time....
Then we had an uh oh!
We were riding along the creek and the trail was very sandy.
I meet the group once the ambulance gets by me. They tell me they have called the helicopter to pick up Gay.
I couldn't get any closer not knowing how Fancy would react to the loud chopper. One accident was enough for the day!
We lead Gay's horse back to the trail head where we meet her husband and daughters who came to get the horse, truck and trailer.
Karen called me later that day and told me other than a broken rib and a small laceration to her liver she was ok. What a big relief! It really shook us all up and was a stark reminder of how easily accidents can happen. It was definitely more excitement than I signed up for!
Have a good one!