I even inadvertently demonstrated the best way to introduce yourself to a horse. Nope, not by kissing it warmly on the lips but by blowing through your nose into the horse's nose. It returns the favour by the way and it can get rather moist but I doubt anyone has ever died of horse spit.
We finally drove home, everyone relaxed and happy, the bored bickering that has been building to a crescendo over the past week while I've been immersed in school prep has vanished and they sit, bathed and waiting for dinner, singing and doing drawings. They've even finished their evening chores!