My father was a vetrinarian, but
I don’t remember him treating horses,
Though I never owned a horse,
I rode at church camp and scout camp in the Colorado Rockies.
The wranglers often gave me the hard to handle riding horses, because I could handle them.
Except for the one who tried to brushing me off by going under a low hanging tree.
Although he was unsuccessful in this attempt, I had to eat Jello for dinner because of a bloody mouth.
We were charging, like wild Indians, and I couldn’t slow him down.
Five years later I worked in the kitchen of the Rawah Dude Ranch in northern Colorado, where the help was not permitted to ride the horses. Mostly they were work horses uses to pack into Rawah Lake in the Rawah Wilderness area, or as log pullers when timber harvesting was done.
He had a pair of horses, one black and one white to pull the logs.
But they had to hitch up the black one first and get him started, then the white one.
As she (the white) worked up the hill passed him, he would come to life and struggle to beat her to the top.
One of the largest pack horses, Tom, many hands high, was nortoriously spooky. One day as I was holding his reins after he was packed with camping and fishing gear, he spooked and tore off through the brush destroying the fishing gear and spreading camping gear everywhere..
The owner of the Rawah Guest Ranch raised Arabians, and provided stud service to interested mares from nearby ranches.
However, all the college kids on the ranch were required to be in the bunkhouse, so as not to see the stallion do his job.
It was thought by the owner that he didn’t want his employees behaving in a manner like those college kids in Estes Park, who came from all over the country to party.
The owner had bred his own Arabian mare, with the result being a beautiful colt, named Rawah.
However, Rawah got into the barbed wire and cut himself badly, but since the owner was a Christian Scientist, he would not call the vet, and the colt died.
Thirty years later, my wife and I decided our ten year old bossy daughter needed something large to boss around, so we signed her up at a nearby stable in Portland, Oregon, where she rode and cared for her horse.
I decided it looked like fun, and since I only knew how to ride western, that i would learn English as well.
When I fell after a stirrup broke, it was a soft landing in the bark feathers in the arena.
My instructor said that it takes twenty falls to be an expert.
Words to live by.
– Small town boy