The ocean is a spiritual place for me, when I am on a beach with sand and crashing waves I feel like I can breathe again. Calm, meditative...
Not so much when you take your horse there.
There are many things horse threatening things between the trailer and the water. Blowing sea grass, blowing sand, dark sand, light sand, deep sand, the sand that comes off your hooves, driftwood, tire tracks, seaweed, your own shadow.
The foamy stuff left on the sand from the last wave. The waves coming in. The waves going out.
It was very exciting.
Jasper got to accompany Jessica and Josh's 3 stallions that were going to Long Beach, WA for a professional photo shoot.
Luckily he had a big strong (pony) stallion to lead the way...
(Photos courtesy of Carolynn Bunch, check out her website. Thank you Carolynn!)
During a very athletic head-down-sideways-4-feet-all-at-once leap 10 feet above the horse eating waves, my cell phone fell to the bottom of the sea. I'm just glad I didn't end up there too.
Horse vs. ocean was a very cool experience. And I figure if he was able to set foot in moving ocean water, water complexes on cross country courses shouldn't be a problem. Right? ... right? ..?
I took a few candid snapshots of Josh and Jessica. Here are a few beach pictures of Cardi from last year.
Jessica's website Equi-Librium later on for the pics.