Mel Thomas, riding instructor at Little Bit, and Woody await their cue to gallop into the arena.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.
The week before Halloween, the instructors, riders, and even the horses at Little Bit were enjoying the startling visits of the Headless Horseman.
Accompanied by appropriately frightening music several times a day, a headless figure dressed entirely in black, and carrying what appeared to be a vital body part under his arm, thundered on horseback into the riding arena. To the horror of the assembled riding classes, the rider threw a head facsimile (actually a black water-filled balloon) over the heads of the spectators, where it splattered on the tiled floor.
The annual event is a hit with everyone at the riding center. Even Silky the horse gets excited when he hears the music and anxiously waits for his turn.