We have all grown to love Alex Roberts (on the right), who is nearing the end of her time at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. Alex has been riding Jack on Saturdays and feeding for me on some Sundays. She has become an accomplished rider who often brings her friend, Aidan, also at DLI, to help out on Sundays. Alex and Aidan are in the United States Marine Corps. So yesterday Alex generously offered Aidan her lesson time on Jack. Aidan is from New York City and had never been on a horse before. Within an hour, he could walk, trot, and lope on both leads and do an entire trail course. Of course, he had a good equine partner. I think we have him hooked.