Disaster is never more than a careless moment away when you are dealing with ponies and children! Last night things all went decidedly pear shaped around here.
We took the ponies out after school - kids riding, myself on foot. Marlene, the four year old mare, was very much in season, so we were just going to go quietly round the block, sticking to the roads. All was going well until we reached Tunnaford cross when Marlene put her head down to grab a mouthful of grass and took her rider by surprise. Small rider tumbled down her neck , everything intact except her pride, but let go of Marlene. I was 20 yards behind, and couldn't get there quick enough to grab the pony. She stood for a moment wondering what to do, but when small child sat on the floor and wailed, she decided to make the most of the opportunity and took off away from the road and over the moor, reins trailing along beside her. It took us 30 minutes to get over the hill and find her (it's pretty steep), and there she was, amongst the herd of wild ponies.
Thankfully, a neighbour was walking his dog and had caught her (she was fairly trussed up in her reins at this point). Both the neighbour, and another friend who was riding in the distance are adamant they didn't see the stallion cover her, but she has a large graze above her tail, and her lovely leather saddle has a pair of large teeth marks in it, which leaves a suspicion in my mind that she may have been caught. She was certainly mighty pleased with herself after her escapade!