- As the years flew by I became more and more freaked by the accepted methods of treatment used on show horses for the sake of the industry. I began to question every choice I made, from keeping horses in box stalls to starting long yearlings.
- Adding to my thoughts and questions was the fact I was twenty years older than most of the "up and coming" trainers I competed with, and seemed to be destined to wallow in the limited open classes for the rest of my career.
- Was I disillusioned because I couldn't push myself and the horses I was hired to ride hard enough? Or was it simply because I was a no-talent hack screaming foul to cover my own inadequacies?
- Is it possible to train and show a happy, healthy and winning horse in my much loved Reined Cow Horse competitions?
Exploring where this conundrum takes me is the purpose of this blog.
- My training philosophy and method come from a combination of my jobs, the trainers I rode with, both good and bad, and lots of reading.
- My stories are as true as my recollections make them. They explore the way horses have shaped my life, and now I can share it with you. Too cool.
These days I am a writer for the Fountain Valley News in Fountain CO. and happily waiting
out my five years of banishment from the pro-circuit to regain my amateur status. My horses,Madonna and Odin, seem to like the non-pro life as much as I do.