Sutton’s Point of View
“So do you know anything about horses?” I ask him.
“Not a thing. So, what’s the first thing I should know or do?”
“Well, first things first we need to get them out of the stalls and brush them and clean out their hooves. Go grab two leads, they are hanging over on the wall there.” I say while pointing. He walked over and grabbed two bridles instead of the leads I asked for. I couldn’t help but giggle at him.
“What?” He says looking confused.
“You grabbed two bridles in stead of the leads, leads are more like a rope and we hook them here on their halters. But we will need those bridles once they have been saddled up.” I said trying to let him know that he only made a simple mistake.
“Oh. Well, I don’t know these things.” He says.
“I know and that’s okay I’ll teach you. So, first thing we do is we have to bring them out of their stalls, brush them out and clean their feet out. Think you can handle that?” I ask with one eyebrow raised.
“I think I can manage everything up until cleaning his feet out. I don’t even know what that means.” He admits.
“Well, when we get that far I’ll show you what to do. So, for now hook the lead up to the bottom of the halter and let’s get them brushed and ready.” I open Casey’s stall and lead her out to the post so I can start grooming her and cleaning out her feet.
I look over my shoulder and Killian is still trying to figure out where to hook up the lead. I couldn’t help but giggle at him. I get Casey to the post and do a lose tie and walk back to Killian to give him a hand. I show him where to hook up to her.
“So, how long have you been riding?” He asks me.
“Since before I could walk.”
“Do you just ride for fun or do you do anything else?”
“I love to barrel race. I’ve even won a few buckles buckles.” I tell him while brushing out Casey. Once I’m done brushing her, I move to clean out her feet.
“Wow, that’s kinda cool. Will you show me some time? Your barrel racing, I mean.”
“Yeah, sure. But not today, I really just want to run and be free.” I let him know.
“Sounds good. So, how do we clean out their feet?” He asked seeming genuinely curious.
“You take their leg and lift it off the ground. Do you see how much build up in his hoof?”
“So, we need to dig it out.” I tell him while picking up one of Casper’s hind legs. I show him what needs done and I let him try. We manage to get through Casper’s feet pretty quickly. “Okay now that, that is done time to saddle up. First, we put the blanket and padding on their backs. Now we put their saddles on. Just remember the horn goes in front.”
I watch him throw the saddle up onto Casper’s back and now he just looks very confused. I head over to the two of them and help Killian finish tacking up Casper. He seems to be watching everything I am doing very closely.
“Wow, you really love horses, don’t you?” Killian asks me.
“Yeah, I do. Any time I get too stressed or anything starts to overwhelm me, I tack up Casey and either run barrels for awhile or just take off on the trails. We’re on almost 600 acers, so we have a lot of trails that I haven’t even discovered yet.”
“I get that. I usually take off on my Harley. So, I completely understand the needing to get away.”
“So, to get on the horse is basically the same concept as your Harley. Your left foot goes into the strip and you swing your right leg over. Think you can manage that?” I ask him.
“You know you’re kind of a smartass, right?”
“Yeah, I know. What’s your point?”
“I’m honestly not used to a she-wolf talking to me the way you do. I kinda like it. Most she-wolves just try to seduce me and it’s really annoying.” He tells me.
I get what he means. All the Alphas that I’ve met have tried to get me to go to bed with them. I’ve decked quite a few of them putting several of our alliances in jeopardy. But thankfully my father completely understood once he found out what they tried to do.
“How’s it feel being on the back of a horse?”
“Different, that’s for sure.”
“Good different or bad different?”
“I’ll let you know once we start moving.” He says chuckling nervously. I mount up on Casey. “Well let’s go, I’ll take it easy on you since you’ve never riden before.”
“I’ll be fine. Just ride the way you normally do and if I need your help, I’ll let you know. How’s that sound?”
“Are you sure about that?” I ask him.
“Yeah, I’m sure.”
“Alright, let’s go.” I tell him as I head out of the barn. “Try and keep up I guess.” I start to trot away heading towards my favorite trail. looking over my shoulder I see Killian trying to keep up so I slow Casey down to a walk.
Killian finally catches up with me, looking a little uncomfortable on Casper’s back. “You doin’, okay? You look a little uncomfortable.” I ask him.
“Yeah, I’m doin’ alright. Not that comfortable but I guess it’s something I’ll have to get used to.” He tells me
“Well, in all honesty I half expected you to be on the ground by now. You’re not doin’ to bad for a first time ever being on a horse.”
“Well like I said do own a Harley you have to have some decent balance in order to not tip the bike. I’ll take you for a ride some time.”
“I’d like that. Now try and keep up if you can.” I holler to him as I take off.