By Patty Wilber
So, the NM Quarter Horse show was just cancelled and Covid cases are spiking over a good part of the country. I am expecting my next show (Paint Appy) will also be cancelled as it was to be the next weekend after the QH show, at the same venue.
Here in NM we are actually in pretty good shape Covid-wise (map) compared to some of our neighboring states. But the way things are going, I guess we should not be resting on our laurels or our hay bales.
Green is good, Red is bad. Arizona is awfully red. My county is yellow, so that is something.
And another thing. We need rain.
We are falling into drought again. Bernalillo county is “only”, yes, yellow, abnormally dry. We have been red in other drought years (which lately seems like every other year).
As long as I am being a debbie downer, my sister, mom and nieces have been here every 4th of July, for like 10 years, and this year they are trapped in Covid Calif. I am missing them!
But, at least I have an intern!
Jordyn is here for the summer, earning college credit working for me. She was interested in colt starting, so perfect timing. I am doing colt starts all over the place (which for me means I have had a colt start or two going this entire year: Coco, Fancy, Sombra, Birdie, Daytona, Simba, and now Black Jack). Plus, I have the younger show horses (that never get to show due to Covid cancellations; Lucy and H) and the seasoned girls (Penny and LT).
I have never had anyone work with me before, and this is pure luxury!
I get to lecture (ya know I like to lecture since I teach at a college!!) on what I like to do with each horse and why, and I get to order her around: “Now you can saddle so and so then rinse so and so and then clean out the horse trailer and then ride so and so.” I also had her give some lessons, film and ride in some of the virtual shows and have dragged her around to work cows, trail ride (on the scary stuff, just to give her good experience!) and judge (she volunteered for that one, and thank goodness–it was super helpful.)
It is great!
It is so much easier to get all the horses worked in a timely fashion and to get feedback and input on how the youngsters are responding to her!
Jordyn and her horse Slick in a virtual show, filmed here.
Unfortunately, she will have to go back to Colorado at the end of July for school at Colorado State.
If I win the lottery, I am planning to hire her full time when she graduates and expand the barn!
I could put up an indoor arena on the 30 acres, buy some cows, build a nice horsey playground etc. etc.!
In the meantime, I am taking Penny to the Pecos for a ride to Baldy Lake at the crack of dawn.
So, Happy Thursday night.