|Since it seems to be dangerous to go abroad
this winter vacation, we decided to make
a domestic trip for riding. We wanted to
be in a warmer place, so we went to Fukuoka
pref. on the 30th of December and stayed
there for 3 days. We went to Seagaia in Miyazaki
pref. on January 2nd and stayed there for
4 days. The hotel was the Sun Hotel Phoenix
and the riding club was Seagaia horseback
riding club. We took 3 hour long rides every
day for 3 days. The riding style was western.
-The first day-
We took a test ride because it was the first time. Actually we have no experience with western riding. We simply ran along the long shoreline. At first we were feeling that something was wrong, because of only using left hand rein control and having our legs apart. But we got used that style. Since the right hand is free, it is very convenient. But wolf, who was the horse I rode, was very aggressive, so I sometimes used both hands. I thought I had better transfer to a western riding club to live in Hawaii in the future.
-The second day-
We got good marks for our riding yesterday. So we tried a little more difficult course with rough hilly roads. That was very interesting. If we had had on tengallon hats and had ropes, it would have been very nice looking. Mr.cork, who is the president of the riding club, had great knowledge, and he taught us about veterinary medicine and history of horses. I was sorry that it was difficult to hear him because of a strong wind. He said that they usually had an accident during a long ride. It came true the next day.
-The third day-
We ran the regular long ride course in the first half of the day and had free rides in the second half. The accident happened when we went across the river. LW(Lonely-wolf), ran at the head, with Mr. Prechar riding him. They got caught in the mud and fell sideways. Mr. P made desperate efforts to help LW up .
But he could not. On the contrary, LW was sinking more and more. He told us “please inform the president”. We ran back to the resting place. It was the first time that we used horses for such a serious purpose. The horses understood the situation and gave a loud neigh when we arrived at the resting place and saw a staff member. I explained about the accident to the staff and returned to the river again. We were very shocked by the scene. Mr. Prechar pulled LW up near the shore. But LW seemed to be dying. Almost 30 minutes had passed since LW fell down in the cold water. When I got off my horse and approached LW, to my surprise, LW stood by himself. In a few minutes, the truck arrived and LW was taken back. We continued the ride as if nothing had happened. But I will never forget the accident.