“Fly, I encouraged her silently. Rakasa shot forward as if she’d been slapped on the rump, and my instincts took over.”

Horses are an important part of my life. They are amazing animals, with so much to teach us. I’ve been working on my own riding this week, and even got to ride a beautiful grey! My horse didn’t fly, but I certainly had to let my instincts take over as we climbed through the mountains, seeing deer and hawks–and even tromping through the snow.

Image of an Andalusian horse, the breed that Ysabeau rides, galloping in the mountains. Photo by Carol Walker.