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Forking Your Own Broncs

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Both Rance and I spend our evenings like an old couple reading before bed. Both of us have an unhealthy addiction to Louis Lamour books which is why if you go to our photo's you will see a picture somewhere of our cat Louis Lamour. Not to long ago I was reading one where yet another hero was helping a friend in trouble with the bad guys and somewhere there was a pretty girl involved and the hero's friend in distress said to him, "I always fork my own broncs." This has became one of my favorite sayings personally because of the so many situations it applies where people really should think a little harder on making this their motto.


In the literal sence of the term I do not fork my own broncs. I used to when I was young and dumb and didn't realize all those times I hit the ground on something I was trying to prove to someone I could fix, would lead up to the 5-10 minutes it takes me to get from the bedroom to the kitchen in the morning because I have to break loose all my joints and I am just 30. Remember that, all of you who want to train horses. Just because you think you can fix something doesn't mean you should try. Now that my sense of feminism left me and I am proud to be the more delicate gender I allow my husband to handle these situations as he does it quit well and enjoys it far more than I do.


In the proverbial sence of the word there are so many situations where we should follow this code of the long forgotten old west. There is so much finger pointing going on in the world today between politics and religion, right down to family members turning on family members. Children watch TV and learn to blame their parent's, siblings, teachers, and fellow children for all their problems of which most are nothing compared to the realities  of adulthood. Then there is the world of we horse people, where as a trainer you have to find what works for you and stick with it, making occasional modifications in your program to suit a particular horse or situation. In the world of a competitor, you have to pay attention to what you are doing and ignore the others. I see people who constantly change things based on the advise of multitudes of people with the best adn worst of intentions. People who are capable hands who begin to doubt themselves and then as the advise changes both the horse and rider get flustered and it gets worse till you are left with a shell of a horse and rider team that you can see the doubt, as they go down the alley. Horses can look just as unsure as their rider.


 I went through a spell here recently where I tried a few things different and the result was not good. Trying to keep an open mind and learn new things sometimes you have to go through this. I went back to some videos from before I had started these little subtle changes that were not in my best interest and was watching them with my husband. He said... "THERE.... that's where you need to be, right there, get that back." He walked into the other room to get a drink and the words from my favorite books came back to me... "Fork your OWN bronc."

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