Originally Posted by maisie
I'd have loved to meet her. I've got a huge soft spot for ugly, talented horses. Give me a big old hammer head with a nice personality and some ability please.
Heck, this mare had a big heavy head. She was about 14.2 in front and 16 at the rear. Her neck was short, good shoulder, good well boned legs and strong feet. Her back was long enough to have three saddles on her and non touching!
When I saw her I was worried I would be to heavy for her but she was fine. I was told to go bring a heifer that had broken away back. We set off after it, and this was on the Rockies, shale and sage brush.
Now, I have never worked cattle before so trusted in her knowing what the heck to do but we were just running after the heifer. I neck reined her to go left and she went right. Turned the cow and then set off down the slope faster than A) we had gone up it and B) a lot faster than I thought safe!
Now I have ridden some very strong horses in my time and can usually find a brake but not with this mare! It suddenly struck me that she had grown all her life on these mountains so just let her get on with it. I sat there muttering the Lord's Prayer and she stopped when we got back to the herd.
Everyone was laughing because this was her 'party' trick and I was congratulated on letting her get on with it. Fat chance I had to do anything else.
Fortunately I did not need a laundry change.