Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tim, Horses, Dogs, Bloggers and Me Clinic 2013

Madonna and I working round at the Mugs/Big K 2013 Clinic


Pretty isn't it? This was everything I look for in a good day.

I was on Madonna, we were working cattle, K had my back and everybody I was riding with was as horsaii as they come.

Absolute heaven.

The road to this incredible, but tiny, blip in the big picture was a long one. My annual 1340 mile round trip to visit K was going to be quite a bit different this year.

We had decided to invite the readers of the Mugwump Chronicles to come ride with us.

I was finding out Parkinson's really did intend to kick my ass and was getting me this year by keeping me as achy and tired as the morning after starting 6 or 7 colts; except now all I had to do was get up in the morning to enjoy the same sensation.

I had a new-found tendency to fall asleep without warning and experienced scary drops in blood pressure that could leave me unconscious when I over extended myself. This made hauling across three states with my horses a little more of a challenge than I was used to.

It was really, seriously, pissing me off.

For whatever reason, my family was objecting even more than usual about me packing up my dogs and horses and disappearing for ten days. Crybabies.

"You shouldn't be out there aloooone."

"What if you pass ouuuttt?"

"It's toooo faaaar."

What a bunch of whiners.

They tried to make me think there was something risky about a one-armed, cranky old woman with PD, a truck and a trailer full of critters travelling alone. Whatever. I knew that secretly, they were mad because they had to cook their own dinner and wash their own socks. I was going dammit.

Before the war escalated to the point where I had to leave early, Kathy stepped up and offered to come with me. OK. Pancho and Lefty on the road again, just like the old days on the show circuit.

 I got the paperwork taken care of on the horses, and serviced the truck and trailer. It was the first time I was going on the road and putting my trust in a mechanic I didn't know, instead of my husband Jim taking care of things. Another change in the way the world is supposed to spin.

I was wound tight and nervous.

The Whatifs were getting me bad.

Whatif I was a big fat disappointment? Whatif my readers decided I rode like an idiot, was a total dweeb and knew absolutely nothing about nothing? Whatif they wrote an exposé?

Argh!!

We planned on leaving at 6 a.m. Life went as it usually does for me lately, and we were loaded and on the road by 6 p.m. I was shaky, off balance and probably a little flaky.

"We could wait and start in the morning," Kathy suggested.

"I'm going tonight. You can come or not," I replied.

I might have snarled just a bit. Kathy rolled her eyes and looked out the window.

We were on our way.







16 comments:

paintarab said...

OOOOOOOO :)

EvenSong said...

Is this your idea of an April Fool's Day joke? Another Mugs cliff hanger?!? Thanks a bunch!

Cindy D. said...

I was so excited when I thought I was going to that, then I ended up not getting too because I moved. Now, in light of recent melt downs, and major events with my horse, I wonder what would have happened if I had gone. Would he have handled it? Would he have dumped me on my buttoxies and headed for the hills? Or would it have been the usual, "Why do you put yourself through this, just get a different horse, he can't be fixed." I will never know, I will always wonder, and I can't wait to hear the rest of this story!

mugwump said...

There's always this year Cindy D..and that's what our clinics excel at, digging deep, tackling those issues and only heading to the hills when you want to!

Francis said...

"We planned on leaving at 6 a.m. Life went as it usually does for me lately, and we were loaded and on the road by 6 p.m. I was shaky, off balance and probably a little flaky."

That is my life.. along with the "might have snarled"

Love it :)

For What It's Worth said...

Good for you for going despite the naysayers!

IndyApp said...

"We planned on leaving at 6 a.m. Life went as it usually does for me lately, and we were loaded and on the road by 6 p.m. I was shaky, off balance and probably a little flaky."

That is my life.. along with the "might have snarled"

This sounds like the beginning of a couple of trips that I have been on. I have also responded, You can come or not. I'm going.

RHF said...

Mugs, did you say THIS year? Is there going to be a 2014 clinic? I am SO in!!!!!

mugwump said...

You bet RHF, click on the mini-ad on the upper right hand side of the blog.

Cindy D. said...

MT in the summer? Way better than AZ in the summer. I'll sure try for this one!

KD said...

Yay! Been waiting a long time for an in depth on last year's clinic. :-)

Anonymous said...

Well darn it, that's the only weekend all summer I already had plans (bought the plane ticket and everything...) and since it's time with my niece, can't change it :) Maybe NEXT year!

Heidi the Hick said...

I just put those dates in my calendar. Am I crazy? I can't afford to do that! But it's not like I'll be hauling a horse all the way there. I'm going to have to mug and wump over this. Meanwhile keep telling us more!!

Pishkeen said...

Dammit Montana is really far away from Ontario...

Heidi the Hick said...

...that's exactly what I was thinking!!

mugwump said...

Pishkeen, Heidi -- The word is TRUCKPOOL

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