I have a confession to make. I was a very bad boy a couple of weeks ago. I was out with my owner and her friends and mine enjoying a leisurely hack up past the castle and as usual, Ginger's owner stopped to take photos of us all. Well, I haven't a clue what happened, but suddenly Ginger must have heard something that scared him because he spun round, causing his owner to fall off straight away. That wouldn't have been too bad but we all panicked because Ginger rushed through the middle of us all and galloped off down the hill. Now, that can only mean one thing: TIGERS IN THE BUSHES, so we didn't hang around either and we all turned and galloped after him.
My owner managed to stay on longer than she expected (she doesn't even trot downhill usually) but I felt her coming over to one side as I was hot-hoofing it down the hill, then I was aware she wasn't there any more (oh dear). I have learned since that she has injured her Rotator Cuff in her shoulder (the bit that the body protector doesn't cover!) and cannot ride for the next few weeks at least (perhaps I should do it more often).
Anyway, we were all a bit shamefaced when our owners eventually got us at the bottom of the hill. By then, we knew there were no tigers so we took the chance of eating the lovely grass that is meant for the sheep.
Here are a few pictures from the day - but none of the 'incident'. At least everyone lived to tell the tale.
Here we are setting off. I'm at the far left of the photo eating grass while Hal closes the gate. That's my friend, Bilbo, eating grass too. Of course, he's another Highland Pony - it's what we do best!
That's where we all disappeared.
Here is my owner. She had walked all the way back up the hill to make sure Ginger's owner was okay. All the other owners came to find us at the bottom.
Finally, we are all together again. The owners walked home, apart from Ginger's because, for some reason, he was still quite hyper. My owner wasn't cross with me. She said it was the first time I have ever done anything like this before but I do feel guilty for hurting her.