"He has a longer, registered name, but we just call him Ransom," Zacharias said as he put a saddle pad into place and then went to work fastening the saddle over top of it. "He's my horse." He ran a hand along the horse's neck before he ducked under to make sure everything was fastened and secured.
He adjusted the stirrups and then slipped the bit between the horse's teeth as he got the bridle and reins into place. Before taking hold of the lead to lead him from the stables.
Outside, he fixed the lead to a fence, stilling the horse. "You up first," he said, and he turned and positioned himself to give Merlin a boost up.