1. He's seen calves born and calves die. It's a fact of life. Instead of being callous, he's compassionate and understands when I tear up over a leppy that dies.
2. He's really just a big kid. When a boy he played cowboy. Today he has just switched from stick horses and cap guns to bucking horses and ropes. Every day is an adventure.
3. He's learned you can't just bow your neck and run into things like a big horn sheep, trying to beat down your opposition by shear force. Years spent starting colts has taught him that no 2 problems are the same or can be handled the same. You have to know when to use pressure (or force) to encourage the outcome you want.
4. He's a sucker for a sad story and a puppy. I laugh because he is always gathering up a stray (be it kid, puppy, or horse) and bringing it home for dinner, or calling in every favor he can think up to get your truck up and running and you on your way.
5. He likes kids. He goes out of his way to help them out. He also plays with them. He would take our boys to work with him everyday if he could, and love every minute of it.
Mad About Turquoise with The Mad Cow Company
7 months ago