Friday, December 17, 2010
Please Don't Let Me Screw Up My Horse
At Santa Joanne's site this morning, I put in a wish that in spring 2011, as I saddle train Beautiful Girl, I don't screw her up.
My past experiences and mistakes have been numerous enough to have imprinted on my mind a certain amount of uneasiness and yes, fear, that I may do just that.
For example, back in the 1980's--the golden years of America--the first colt I saddle-trained ended up running free with the saddle under his belly--bucking and kicking all the way to hell and back. So much could have gone wrong, but DID it? No. You see, that was the first of my nine lives of horse training, and I think I've used up the other 8 in the intervening years.
So, I'm out of chances--out of lives. Yes, I'm older. Yes, I'm wiser, but still, I usually send them to the professionals for their first rides. This time, with Beautiful, I want to do it all.
Am I crazy? Am I going to ruin her?
We will find out in 2011.
PS. Make sure to be checking back with Beautiful Mustang in the next few days because I'm going to be running a five part interview with an absolutely Mustang-crazy photographer, TJ Holmes. You'll love her and the horses she's going to introduce you to.