Day 13- Another 2 hour ride day – was a total accident as I was supposed to be moving, but we were having too much fun to quit!

My horse, Sam got a workout again, thanks to Abby. We ventured across the street (Luc’s first time seeing an automatic gate, crossing a road, and crossing a bridge) where there was a short trail to an outdoor sand arena. Luc handled everything with ease, though the first gate opened towards us and Luc tensed in a -is-this-gate-going-to-eat-me sort of way before quickly relaxing back into stride beside Sam.

After warming up in the arena, we stood and watched Sam jump. This was Luc’s first real test of standing still under saddle, and he got a little antsy sometimes, but after a couple of tries resulting in turn on the forehand, he wisely decided standing still meant until the rider says move.

Either because of all of the new things, or being a little sore, Luc didn’t have as much”go” today. We used turn on the forehand to mean impulsion within a gait-had great success, so will be using that more.

After watching Sam,18056666_10210664797550371_4734463267768758139_n we ventured into the creek on this side of the farm- I imagined this would be no big deal for either horse with our frequent water excursions, but both balked and took a few minutes to encourage in. I think it smelled a bit off- maybe there isn’t as much of a current on this side? Regardless, we eventually got in and realized there were no sea monsters today.

With Luc, I am realizing that after about 30 minutes he gets talkative and more easily distracted. Today, the horses we passed on the way up that were boring, were now fascinating.
I think this is due to his age, maturity, and experience under saddle, but I am continuing to encourage him to focus on me and me alone.

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**Matthew 27:51-54- “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life….54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!””