Everyone has that neighbor, or friend, or friend of a friend who is a wreck waiting to happen. Sooner or later you will have to work around them horse back. It is comforting to know you have something to ride who can take that stress without having a come apart.
Case in point: We helped some family brand this spring. Whether it was the neighbor kid running under my horse's head to get to the calf we just heeled and were headed to the fire at a high trot, or the drunk idiot stumbling through the middle of the branding pen you had to watch out for, there was always some kind of chaos afoot. Knowing the potential I took "Natty," my bridle horse the Cowboss made for me (who I am still trying to get used to after losing Cricket). She was doing pretty good. Then I pantyhosed a big calf. Instead of dallying, I went with the calf, bucking across the branding trap (calf, not Natty), hoping the rope would slide off it's flanks and I could get dallied before slipping a foot. When that didn't work, I went to turn the calf off the fence. I was thinking I could reach down and slip the rope down. Just as soon as I got close enough to reach down and move the rope, someone decided to help me. They came running at me, spooking both Natty and the calf. The calf darted behind my horse still roped. We were a tangled up mess. Instead of panicking with the rope around her feet, Natty held her breath and waited for the dust to settle. In case you are wondering, I lost the calf. Natty didn't have a come apart. She didn't lose her head. She stood there and waited for a cue from me.
You should always have a horse that can keep it's head when things come tight. Not just for your safety, but for everyone around you.
2. Pretty Boot Tops. They are like expensive lingerie. Nobody has to see them, but you still feel sexy. Feeling sexy makes you confident. When you are confident, you rope better.
3. Pretty Silver Earrings. They make you feel good and like you are put together. You are more confident when you look and feel your best.
4. Painted Nails. Either finger nails or toenails. Just because I work with a bunch of men doesn't mean I need to act like one. Painted nails are a good reminder that I am a girl and should always act like a lady.
5. A Good Cinch, and not just because I tie and sell them! I feel a cinch is one of the most important pieces of tack a person should have. It keeps your saddle on your horse. You need to keep it clean and check it often for broken strands. There is nothing worse than soring your horse or roping a soggy yearling and having your saddle come right off your horse! Your horse will perform better when they are more comfortable.
|Photo Courtesy of the Fabulous Heidi Stevens!|