Day 6: Mims, Florida – Wild Horse Rescue Centre
It was another eventful day feeding horses, cleaning pens, walking dogs and generally ‘horsing’ around (blame Ms. Boyd for that joke). The ranch organized games in the afternoon, including lassoing (proving to be a difficult task and not at all like the movies), archery, and most popular, kayak racing. Only a dozen or so students got soaked. Ms. Boyd is still laughing.
The day finished off with a maiden bareback ride in the NEW riding arena that was raked, cleared, and painted by our students over the last few days. Unfortunately it has started to rain, a nice soft warm rain… not anything good BC kids can’t handle.
Before dinner, only a select few of us got to witness something extraordinary. We had to move 15 horses to a small paddock as we cleared the larger one of debris and moved fences. The horses became agitated in the smaller paddock. However, once we released them into their regular paddock, it was now twice as large than what they were used to and they ran in sync together back and forth as fast as they could. Hooves sounding like thunder. It was quite an experience to witness their joy of freedom.
Tomorrow we are off to explore the area via horseback! Have to make it there first! Mornings are proving to be tougher as the students endure laborious days.
Eva Boyd and Drew Currie