By Patty Wilber
My next Big Thing is coming up–well coming up as I write this.
Already Here as you read this.
Buckshot (A Para Dox, owned by Whispering Spirit Ranch) is my ride!
It has been two years of preparation.
Buckshot will now let me do just about anything with him, but at first he was edgy, somewhat suspicious and hard to catch. Today if I walk in his pen, he comes to me. (He will still dis most people.)
In order to maximize his reining training, I hired a reining specialist farrier. He did a fantastic job on Buckshot’s feet, but Buckshot was petrified of this guy from the minute he arrived on the property. The farrier never struck the horse (but it seemed like he wanted to) and on the first go, Buckshot jumped, the farrier jumped and Buckshot made dust out of a cinder block wall.
Used that farrier a few more times, never ever leaving the horse’s side, but things did not improve between them. The last time was the last straw. The horse began to visibly shake when he spotted the farrier. When I saw this, my stomach was in knots. We even administered a mild tranquilizer (to Buckshot), but the effect was minimal.
I was told by a more senior (and ruthless IMO) horse trainer, that the horse should learn to suck it up.
Why? This horse has a lot of heart. He trusts me to take care of him. I think he knew something I couldn’t see. I listened.
Enlisted my regular farrier, Kelly Robinson. Buckshot will fall asleep while Kelly works on him. A completely different horse. And the shoe job was actually better.
Buckshot, I believe, has a rare degree of sensitivity (not to mention talent), and I (toot toot hear me blasting my own horn?) think that I was a good trainer for him because I was willing to work with that and not fight it.
I am going to have a big hole when he goes home. And no I don’t blubber for all of them. Miracle Whip, who was here before this Blog began, was the worst. I cried for two weeks.
Here are some more photos!
The final touches this week included: three sessions on cows, chiropractic adjustment by Dr. Diana DeBlanc, an injectable joint supplement and new set of reining shoes (“snooze”, Buckshot says). The shoes are aluminum in the front, and flat, wide sliders in the back.
We’ve had a great time preparing. I’ve learned a ton and now he gets to show his stuff in junior working cow horse (for horses five and under–he is five) on 10/27 and snaffle bit/hackamore reining on 10/30 at the Appaloosa World Horse Show!
Results next week!
P.S. He is for sale! That’s me on him in the ad!
Nice call on that farrier. Personality mismatches matter!
So I should feel honored that Mr. Buckshot made nice to me after I got the blanket? ;> Not *totally* dissed…
Nice post Patty. It seems like a great partnership. Good luck this weekend!
Doranna–you should definitely feel honored!!