Day #3 – Mims, Florida – Wild Horse Rescue Ranch
The sun is hot, the clouds and shade are scarce. In the distance you can hear the low whimper of kids hard at work on the non-profit horse farm. The majority of the group gripping rakes, pitchforks, and wheel barrows with dirt under their fingernails and sweat on their brow. The outdoor horse arena is shaping up to be a mighty trotting ground and the paddocks are now manure-free.
It was a great morning here at the Wild Horse Rescue Centre. The kids are coming into their own and realizing the amount of work that goes in to the care and upkeep of 55 horses. It is beautiful here – the forests are so tropical and luscious, the sunsets so hypnotic, and the food is oh so good (especially the oranges, mmmm). The morning was filled with laboring chores for the upkeep of the farm and we discovered something new: calluses!!
After all that hard work and a delicious lunch, the kids all got to get on the horses and learn to ride! It was a terrifically magical afternoon seeing the excitement (and fear) in their faces. It started with being led around, but soon after they got the chance to walk and lead the horse on their own. It was a fantastic experience to train them for our trail ride later this week! Tomorrow we are getting to experience a beach day with an exuberant amount of kayaking, swimming, and playing on the beach.
We’re trying to attach all pictures we can, however with limited wifi, we’ll have to attach more when it’s a bit better.
Yee-haw from Florida!