Day #5: Mims, Florida – Wild Horse Rescue Ranch
You know what’s better than waking up at 7:30am? Waking up at 6:30am… Thanks, daylight savings. We had a full day of activities planned ahead of us, which we were eagerly looking forward to. The day was off to a productive start when four people showed up to breakfast, the rest still struggling to get out of bed. Mr. Currie, late as usual (with bedhead and all), had all eyes on him, as he looked like a freshly steamed lobster.
We were informed beforehand that today was the day we were going to get down and dirty, working on the fences. Unlike the other days, today was much colder and many of the students brought sweatshirts. Upon arrival, we were immediately put to work. With brushes in one hand and paint buckets in the other, we worked for four hours without a single water break. All of us, covered in paint and spotted like the 101 Dalmatians, used a solution called turpentine to remove the paint, before going for another delicious lunch made by Anita, who is a really great cook.
After lunch, we went back to the fences to finish the job. Looking back on the completed fence, with a seemingly perfect coat of paint, we breathed a sigh of satisfaction. To end off the day, before dinner, Diane, the owner of the ranch, gave us the opportunity to hand-feed the horses, one-on-one. It was a great way for us to get closer than we ever have with the wild horses.
It was a great experience and a really enjoyable day overall.
Keep calm and paint on,
Tejas and Matthew
P.S. Did you know that horses lips are bushy.
P.P.S. Mr. Currie and Ms. Boyd are editing this and resent the implications of lateness, but not about being red from head-to-toe from beach day.
P.P.P.S. They got a water break. And the fence looks great!