Sunday, 22 March 2015

Chapter 1

The sun rose high in the sky that morning, a perfect summers day, or so she thought but things were going to get better.
"Hey Lyss, wanna hack" Lucinda asked, grabbing Leo's tack, her feet crunching on the cobblestone's as she walked to her friend in her stable. "Sure as long as Leo is good, you know he doesn't like cars or motorbikes" Alyssa moaned as she placed on the saddle, resting it in the croup of his back, attaching the girth. 
"I'll take Blu" Lucinda replied, Blu was her favourite horse, dapple grey with a grey mane, 16hh and a personality to match.
"Come on Leo, just let me put this on you!" Alyssa whispered, annoyed. Leo was not letting her put the bit through his mouth, as always. Then, she put her thumb as the back of his mouth (I do this), then he had no choice but to open his massive mouth to her, she placed the bit in his mouth, put the headpiece over his ears and done up the nose band, tight. "Done. One tacked horse, ready and being naughty" she joked before Lucinda went to get Blu. 
"Come on you cheeky thing, ready to go hacking?" she asked, he neighed in compliance; she chuckled and led him out of the stable and onto the yard. Her feet trudged along as she lengthened her stirrups, done up his girth and adjusted her chin strap. Lucinda with a massive smile, walked out onto the cobbles as Blu followed merrily alongside, she had her red hair up, tucked underneath her hat. "Let's get on shall we?" Alyssa suggested, walking up to the mounting block, gathering her reins in her left hand and putting her left foot in the stirrup, getting on gently onto Leo's back. 

Leo walked forward, impatiently as Lucinda mounted Blu, they gotten through the gate, down the gravel drive and towards the entrance towards Apple Orchard Farm and Riding School. However as she was the owner's daughter she had her own horse. 
She looked each way twice, satisfied that there was no traffic she led Leo onto the road, these were usually very quiet, which of course made it a great place to ride. Leo neighed happily as they walked down the lane, towards the lake that they loved to go in, it was only a small lake but in the sweltering heat of Texas, it was a very pleasant surprise. 
Though, Blu did not like to get his nose wet so he held it up as Lucinda and Alyssa sang a little rhyme.
"Horsey, horsey don't you stop, just let your hooves go clippity clop, let your tail swish and the wheels go round. Giddy up! We're homeward bound"

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