"You have to end on a gooid note Becky"
Becky is very involved with horses and considers them " her life ".
Her friends have horses and she grew up around horses.
She loves barn chores and all the sounds and smells that go along with the life.
Her bedroom as well as all other thing in her life is decorated with the primary theme of her life and there is no doubt that she is horse crazy.
Her mother still rides but is not as active as she use to be.
Becky is part of a group of young ladies that all ride at the same barn,with the same discipline,and all grew up going to horse camp together.
The girls spend hours talking about each other horses a as they groom them to perfection,adding creative braids and colorful tack and ribbons.
The entire group has been under constant supervision by professional riding instructor since a very young age.
They have all sworn a secret allegiance to each other and to horses and promise not to get married and move away from each other.
"Becky wants to distinguish herself among her friends as she agrees to take on the "Rescue" horse that has been long neglected at the barn where she rides.
She does not really care that her(now very occasional) instructor and mother both think that it is not a good idea at all.
Her mother has promised to talk about it more when she get back from her business trip to New York.
After all,she has been riding for almost 9 years and this is the best barn in the area and she will be going to collage soon and she is becoming a woman.
Becky enters the 60 foot round pen with the 17 and a half hand OTTB that has long been abandon by his wealthy owner and has spent the last 2 years in a 12x24 stall with occasional turn out.
Becky has a plan and will start with lots of ground work and progress to saddling and than soon show the other ladies that the Royal Thunder can really jump like she knows he can......But that will be later as this is the first lesson.
She is armed with the knowledge that she MUST finish what she starts and also it is very important to end on a good note.
What Becky is not aware of is that the new barn help that was hired last fall to clean and bed their beautiful 40 stall barn that everyone calls home,is in fact afraid of Royal Thunder and has done everything in his limited power to protect himself as he cleans the horses stall each day.
Roberto needs his new job and his English skills and education are a bit lacking and his family needs his contribution to the household income to get by in a new country.
Roberto does not want to make waves and not get a job done so he has handled the situation the only way he knew how.
Royal Thunder was moved by any tool that Roberto had in his hand at the time and sometimes he even took off his belt to move the horse out of his way.
The barn owner was always pleased with the way the stalls were bedded.
The barn owner and head trainer met in the hospital lobby and waited for the phone call from Becky's mother.
They stood by the coffee machine and wondered out loud how the girls were able to get Royal Thunder the 80 yards to the round pen where the tragedy occurred.
The full effect of the event had not set in yet and it would be some time before it did.
Assessment is the first step in training!
"The greatest strength is gentleness."
- Iroquois Proverb