By Patty Wilber
So, as you may know, Judith and I have this three-year old named H, and he is a pretty cool dude. So cool, in fact, that I think he could make money as an Open Reined Cow Horse, as well as excelling at all the Ranch Horse Events, and then going on to be an outstanding Non-Pro horse.
Me and H last October, H was barely started (26 rides) but went to a show anyway, and placed.
Because of my high opinion of H’s cow horse talents, and the fact that he is a co-owned prospect (as in we plan to sell him), we made the decision to send him to Cody Crow’s No Where But Up Performance Horses in Colorado.
Let’s face it, I can get H on cows once a week, at best, in a smallish arena, and yes, he is making progress, but Cody can have him on cows every day if he chooses, in a full size indoor, super size outdoor, a round pen or in a cutting pen.
Plus, I like Cody’s philosophy and approach, and he is successful at the bigger venues where I believe H will shine.
After getting that choice made (and not lightly), the next step was to drive 500 miles with H and Lucy (who went so I could get some coaching on cows with her– I REALLY MISS having a nearby coach!!).
Got all my stuff together and pulled out Friday morning. I noticed that the heat gauge on my truck was acting a little wonky right off the bat, but then it seemed to go back to behaving….so I kept driving, but when I got to the big hills on I25 just before Pecos, it was clear things were not working right.
I stopped and assessed. The radiator seemed ok– no leaking, normal fluid levels. No mechanic shops were open, yet, but the Napa Auto Parts woman gave me some tips and a gas station guy did, also. Finally, I called my mechanic at American Diesel, thinking maybe I had a faulty temperature sensor, and he said to bring it in and he would see if he could get me fixed up and on the road. I headed home.
Broken truck. Making it to the border looking dim.
On the way back south, I called my friend Richard who was laying low due to an eye issue, so I figured I’d regale him with my tale of woe. He listened and then out of the blue offered me their truck, so I said, “OK!”
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