Smoke on the valley!
From the start yesterday, the smoke from the Sliver Fire just north of us a few miles, started filling up our valley with smoke. I was suppose to have a riding lesson yesterday. Mary showed up for it, but we both agreed it was way to smokey. I was already eating cough drops. So, no lesson yesterday and it was just too smokey to ride any, or work with any, of the horses.
The Stallion goes home today. He is better then when he got here and I wish he could stay another thirty days, but it is what it is. He is a good guy. They don't really plan to ride him but wanted to be able to control him like, not walking all over the handler, catching him and getting him to load in the trailer, to name just a few. He is doing all of those things well, so it's time to go.
I'm often asked if I miss these outside horses when they go home? My first reaction and answer is "NO". But, to tell you the truth, that's not completely true.
I like to think that the horse, is taking a part of me home with him or her. I mean they are taking what I have taught them, how to get along with humans, and it's my hope, that they are better able to get along with their owners, or the folks that will be handling them. And they all have left a part of themselves here with me. I don't mean hair, or hoof. I mean they have taught me something as well. They have helped me to learn how to care for the next horse that will come here. They give me the chance to work on qualities that we all need. Kindness, goodness, self-control. They all give me the chance to practice the three principles of horsemanship that I teach. Intuition, control and trust.
So YES, I guess I do miss them when they go. But's that's why I'm here. To give these horses another chance. I like my job!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.