Today, some friends and I went to Prescott to see a draft horse and mule show. We don't know why, but there weren't any mules there. My neice was very disappointed. She really likes mules. It was a small town show and was small. But still it was fun to see these gentle giants. Although it didn't quite seem that way at first. When we got there, this riding class was going on. There were just two girls in it.
This girl won the class. After recieving her ribbon. She was told to take a victory lap at a lope. As she started around, her horse started bucking and bucked her off. Poor girl. Bucked off on a victory lap. After being reassured that no one was hurt, it was kind of funny.
I thought these Belgians were beautiful. And they were also huge. Again we had a little excitement. They were trotting along when, suddenly the far horse weaved a little bit and then went down. Thank goodness the other horse just stayed still and quite. Apparently, these draft horses can "lose their air" or faint, when they haven't been worked for a while. I can tell you when an animal this size faints, it's pretty spectacular. He broke the wagon. After everyone was ok and they got them out, it was a big sigh of relief that no one was hurt. They were disqualified though. No fainting allowed.