Once Merlin was up in the saddle, and Zacharias was sure he was steady, he took hold of the reins. "Scoot up," he said, waiting for Merlin to do just that before he unclipped the lead from the fence, slipped a food into the stirrups and swung himself up and into the saddle with practiced ease.
He slid into place behind Merlin, and slipped an arm around his waist. Holding onto the reins in the other hand. Zacharias nudged Ransom's sides with his heels and the horse started to walk, away from the fence and the stables, and towards some riding paths.