Last weekend, we took advantage of the continuing good weather, popped Misty and Newbie into the horsebox and headed to Fermoyle Beach. While there wasn’t glorious sun, it was warm and calm and we virtually had the beach to ourselves.
Now I know you’re looking at the photo and thinking, there’s an awful lot of footprints for an almost deserted beach, but it is also the main thoroughfare for the local cattle to transfer from one field to another!
At one point there is a promontory dividing Fermoyle beach from the inlet to Cloghane and the rocks come all the way up to a low cliff. You can see it here shown at high tide on a google maps image.
Newbie and I headed off in front and picked out a very circuitous route that avoided most of the rocks and boulders. Ger and Misty followed on (Ger tends to be more of a passenger than a rider but he and Misty get along very well!).
We continued down the beach (the tide was waaay out) for a bit before turning for home.
Now Misty and Ger were in the lead and here’s my puzzle. Ger had dropped the reins completely and was letting Misty find the way. She followed our original hoof prints in reverse and took the exact circuitous route, almost hoofprint for hoofprint, back to Fermoyle beach…..How did she do that?. Was it visual? Did she smell the hoofprints? Or was it from memory? Whichever it was, we were both pretty amazed.