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August 2008

True unity, true confessions

Sometimes it’s a good thing nobody is around when I “lunch” with my horse. Clients would all flee, thinking a nut case runs the joint. Today my gelding decided in-hand hindquarter pivots off of the right side do not – and will not ever -- make up part of his skill set. To prove his point he dashed off, leaving me flapping around at the end of the lead line.  He did this more than once. I always say when in doubt, let go, so I did -- repeatedly. I have learned not to play Crack-the-Whip with a 1200-pound projectile. From past experience, I also know these “true unity” exercises are best done in tight quarters. The culprit never got far. Looking at the bright side, I figure Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas (I’m reading Odd Hours on my Kindle -- definitely a winner), would say today was a downright triumph. I kept my hair, lost no appendages, and it only took about 30 canter-dashes across the staging area before he succumbed to  “whoa” instead of “canter”. (If they run away, make 'em think it was your idea until they beg to stop.) Stay tuned for updates. I will prevail.
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