Here in Delaware, we are allowed to ride horses on the beach throughout the winter, and in spring just until May 1, when the tourist season starts.
On April 21, we went riding at Cape Henlopen, which is near Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, just across from Cape May in New Jersey, and on the open end of the Delaware Bay where it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.
I was riding a horse who was on his first time at the beach, and it’s a trip…. You can’t look down, because the horse will make you seasick as he moves in, out and then back in with the waves! We rode at a time just after low tide of the day, so we had a broad expanse of water-soaked sand which is firm and yet yielding, to ride upon.
The cool thing about riding on the beach is when they get excited with the galloping and you aren’t sure you can get stopped, you just edge out a ways to the deep sand and soon they are just working so hard the gallop gets a little slower all by itself!
We had a wonderful time after my horse got over the White Seafoam of Death constantly lapping at his legs. For an event horse you have to think that after an three-hour up close and personal session with the Atlantic Ocean, the little dime sized water jumps at events ought to be a piece of cake!
Here’s a peaceful journey for you: take a walk on the beach on a horse, courtesy of Hamish!
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