Sue's big adventure.
Yesterday had to go to town for supplies. Don't care much for going to town but from time to time is has to be done. But done it is.
Most of the time, what we get here at the ranch are horses that have problem, either emotional problems, behavioral problems, and people problems. And to tell you the truth, it's the ones with people problems that are the hardest. Not that the horse is hard to fix, cause usually their not, it takes the magic pill, time, but I have never had one not come around to my way of thinking if we have enough time. Trouble is most folks don't want to take the time, which translates into money, to get the job done, so I do the best I can with the time I have. But there is still the owner, and that can be the challenge. I have had owner that just want me to fix the horse, then they will come by and pick him up. But lately I have had folks that really want to get better, so they come by when I am working with their horse to learn what they need to do different, in order to keep their horse progressing. However, there are times when folks bring a horse, that they don't have time, money, to help. Then what do you do. My advice is: Find someone that has the skill or the desire to help the horse and find another horse that you can get along with. Sometimes our personalities just don't match, the horses and yours. That happens with people too, so not surprising that it would happen with horses, dogs, cats, the list goes on. But there are to many good horses out there to spend your time and run the risk of getting hurt, just to prove to yourself or to others that you can fix the problem. If you have the money, and the time, then sure, take on a horse that needs help. If you have these elements then you can hire someone to help you with the process that may have the other element, the skill. But if you don't, why would you want to run the risk of getting yourself, or someone you love hurt? It's just not worth it.
It is so important to be as safe as you can be, when it comes to horses. They are not like poodles, they can, and will, hurt you, and not mean it. So we run a risk of getting hurt, just because they are big animals and we, when we are riding, are a long way from the ground. Then you add in your age, whatever that may be, and it is easy to see why doing all that we can do to be the leader of our herd, is so important. Most accidents, with horses, happen on the ground, not in the saddle. We get stepped on, run over, bitten, kicked, our horse moves when we are trying to get out big, you know what's in the saddle and we never make it to the saddle, but rather end up on the ground. So as much as you love your horse, if there is a problem with his behavior, and you don't address it, it is only a matter of time before one of you gets hurt, and trust me, it will probably be you.
So be safe out there, get help if you need it. There are folks that need you, and a horse that needs a good leader.
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