Yesterday we spent time doing a little review of things that Thunder and I have been working on. Round penning, a little lunging, hobble training. Some where in the middle of all of that I thought it was a good time to get in the saddle and see how he felt. Standing to be mounted has been a problem for him so we have been preparing him for that. He did pretty good. I just rode him in the round pen to see if he understands how to neck rein, turn right left and stop. His neck reining needs some work but we have time for that. His break was pretty good but could be better. What I was impressed with was how much he has calmed down sense he has been here. This will serve us well when we head out on the trail next week. So all in all a pretty good day for Thunder and me.
Thunder’s mom is coming to visit today so she will get a chance to see what he has learned and she will get a chance to work with him as well. I don’t get many owners that have or will take the time to come and work with me and their horses so this is a great thing.
I have a neighbor that is not doing very well with his battle with cancer. I have day worked for him over the past several years. Pat has always been a good neighbor. One that would do anything to help you if he could. Kathy and I are going over there this morning to help move in a hospital bed for him. This will make it much easier for his wife to care for him. These are sad times, when you get the long face. That’s what a cowboy friend of mine calls it when the doctor tells you that your loved one does not have long to live. And he’s right. When you see the long face of his family and his friends and neighbor it breaks your heart.
I need some coffee!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.