Natina and Steve horse back riding near his home in Carmel Valley 

Nati did know little about horse back riding - actually she has been on a horse only ones or twice. The last time she sat on a horse was in Sedona for a two hour ride through one of the canyons, which ended with a pretty sore butt for both of us. That was quite an adventure for both of us. Those horses are big - ones you sit on them - even bigger!  Nati is not so fearful and ready for adventures , so she was more than ready to go for it. After all, how often  does she get such a chance to horse back ride -  privately - no tourists  - in such a wonderful environment - with a wonderful person - her godfather. Steve taught her quickly the essential things and got her aquatinted with the horses and in no time she sat on the horse (I have forgotten the name of your horse - sorry Steve)  like a profi ;-) having a ball and the two took off into the valley ... I behind with my camera trying to fetch this moment.
 

                                               
 
 

High noon in Carmel Valley ...

It was the first time for Nati to meet her Godparents Steve and Elise and as you can see Nati  hooked up immediately


Steve wanted Nati to get familiar with his horse - a female Arabian in heat and pretty nervous. She has a pretty good back kick ... she demonstrated it before - Nati's horse (I forgot that name too ... Alzheimer ....;-) ) was a stallion - and she wanted to make sure who was the boss ...

Natina started out at the head and brushed her mane ...

took a little break and ...

then she was busy at her rear end ... I wonder what she was thinking ...

riding is not that easy ... Mama the horse is going where it wants to ...


and doing what it wants to ...

some more instructions from Steve and ...

the white-  very patient - horse followed Steve and ...

off the went into a fine adventure into the valley ...

but first they needed to get off the street ...

with passing by cars ...

finally, getting off the horse to cross over the little bridge ...
then I lost them and I went back with my camera ...

Steve makes a pretty good figure ...

 

tail and head up and off we go ...

to parade by the Union Jack ..  .

home again and happy
 
 

      a little bit more posing....

before bringing the horses back into the stable

Tom the horse whisperer ...
 
 

Steve and his horse ... to close partners