Been having a great time this Spring and wanted to fill you in: February 17 & 18, I did a clinic in Hawaii, that was for Jimmy Miranda and his wife Janine, it was really fun, they were really nice people. They had an arena on the beach; it couldn’t be any nicer, new arena, great people. We did that, then I went to see my grandkids Tyler and Travis, and they got to see what their grandpa looks like. They were really fun, Travis is still a little young, he’s a year old, and Tyler is 3. When your grandkid runs up to you at a dead run, the first time he’s ever sees you, hollering Grandpa and puts his arm around your leg, you would have to be a stone without a heart if you didn’t shed a tear. It was pretty emotional and interesting, and really fun to be around them, only wish I could be there more.
My horses are incredibly great. Sparky is doing things I’ve never had a horse do. Hopefully I’m showing to his capacity. He’s not perfect every day some days we have what I call a little bit of controversial day, where things become slightly challenging and I know better than to step up and end up taking a challenge from him. I just figure out a way to use a little reverse psychology and get things fixed, so I know everything will work my way the next day. A few days ago I wasn’t as happy as I could be with him, then the next day he was fine and the day after that he was great – a real Cow Horse!
I got home from Hawaii for one day before I go to the Red Bluff Derby, which is good; if I don’t ride them I don’t ruin them. Before a show I don’t want to put too much pressure on them, if you’re smart you won’t. I always find if I’m gone for a few days before a big event, my horses are better than if I pick at them or get anxious.
Red Bluff is 500 miles from where I live, long way to go by yourself in one day. I did it, got to Red Bluff. Was tied for first in the herd work, marked 75 on Sparky, he was pretty incredible. He cut three cows in the middle of the pen and he just drilled them, he was really on. The next day Saturday, the 25th, we did the rein work. After two events he was tied for the lead, so basically I needed a decent cow to be in the top 2, I didn’t get that cow, I had a tough cow. I only marked 71 on the cow, but that still put me in as Reserve Champion in the intermediate division and tied for 4th in the open. For a 1,000 mile drive, and a $2200 entry fee I made almost $3800 for about 5 days’ work. So it wasn’t what I hoped as far as the payout, but no o sense in crying over spilled milk, it’s done.
Making plans booking clinics. Folks I have a couple of really good dates, one just came open which is June 30-July 1st, and this is a prime time date that kind of fell open by accident. I’ve got a few others; people are booking still, so if anybody is interested in hosting a clinic, I’m anxious to talk to you. It’s like putting a puzzle together, I’m anxious to get it done.
I didn’t get to tell you, but last month I had Nancy and Samantha from the Northwest here riding with me. Nancy rides a mustang, he’s a BLM horse. He’s solid gold and does everything anybody ever wanted a horse to do, but at his speed of course, which is not real fast, but that’s great. He stands while she climbs up the fence or mounting blocks to get on him. He’s the real deal as far as a nice horse goes the other horses that Samantha rode, she has one that’s a bay horse, and she spent a lot of time on him. He stops and turns and does real cute things, of course both horses do, but she also road a Lusitano, and he stops and turns a little too.
We had a wonderful day; we had a private clinic, which was just Nancy, Samantha and myself, all day long. We worked the buffalo, we did this and that, we did everything all day long, served them some lunch and we had a great day. She said that I probably tell everybody that, but I never complain, I tell you I enjoyed these ladies, we had a fine time.
Plus, I’m in the process of bridling Turbo so I can show him, and I thought what could be better than hanging out for 4-5 hours on him, with a 2 rein bosal and good bridle and silver bit, so that he understands the communication better. The better your bit is the better the communication is. A great bit has all these pre-signals that make such a big difference but it takes time for the horse to learn and understand them. So I got to hang out and got him bridling a little better. Anybody that wants to sign up for a private clinic, here at the ranch, I do that. You can reach me at 805-343-9205 to talk it over.
My horses were good that day, but I didn’t do a lot with them because I was spending most of my time with those gals. So the next day I spent more time with Sparky, we had fresh cattle. I tell you what – fresh cattle do wonderful things for horses! Of course I don’t let him do too much, but I mean he was amazing, he’s an amazing horse.
Little Ziplock, the full brother to my futurity horse Sparky, has been amazing. His first time on a cow, well actually on a kind of soft, slow buffalo we have, he really took a hold. He stopped, backed up, bent his neck, and came across just as polite and cute as he could be with the slow buffalo. Couldn’t be any better, and that was on slack, I mean I really let him have some fun and he did things his way but they were my way too. We filmed it, and I’m sure Linda will get it up where you can see it soon.
Cody rode this colt for two months or so for me, and he got this colt moving just the right way and got his neck just right, got him where he had a lot of body control. I had all the lateral and horizontal control I needed to create maneuvers. The big part of the foundation job is done for me, so I get to go have fun with him.
He kind of challenged me in some spots – they pick spots once in a while, like going from a fast to a slow circle – and in that transition to the right he was perfect, to the left for some reason he was challenging. He kind of was showing lack of respect to some degree but not bad. I changed subject and went and did some other stuff, then I started turning him around, he was weird at turning around to the left. I liked his neck down but he wanted it down further than I did. He was pulling on my hand a bit in the turn. So we spent some time – we had what I call quite a “chat”.
I didn’t make it a big deal. I don’t want to make a big deal out of anything, because I don’t want anything to become a big deal to the horse. He got to sweating a little bit, so I just tied him up and went and rode Sparky. Then I came back to him and guess what? He forgot all about the challenges! He was great! I worked a cow with him too and he was the best he’s ever been. So we turned a controversial day into a really, really, really good day, by backing off rather than stepping up. There’s your little lesson for the day.
Cody rode this colt for two months or so for me, and he got this colt moving just the right way and got his neck just right, got him where he had a lot of body control. I had all the lateral and horizontal control I needed to create maneuvers. The big part of the foundation job is done for me, so I get to go have fun with him. Cody in my opinion is the best there is. I keep getting into these superlatives, I wouldn’t say them if I didn’t mean them. Cody is as good as there is at starting colts, I’ve never seen anybody better at that and he can go on with them too. I’ve ridden with Cody four years now and Cody is going to be really well known one of these days soon – he does a heck of a job. Cody returns the phone calls, has a clean operation, his horses look good, and his stable looks really nice. I mean who else has a stable with statues and fountains and manicured lawns, even tight fences! It’s gorgeous! It’s Club Med for horses. The best part is Cody rides every horse five days a week and he rides them himself. Anyways, Cody’s the deal, so if anybody wants to get in touch with Cody, let me know.
That’s it for me right now, wanted to keep you up with what’s going on in my life, and hope your life is exciting, you’re happy and healthy.
Thanks for reading… Bye!