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post #1061 of 1092 Old 02-14-2020, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lucy and Cashman

The horses carried the temperament which foretold of storm. Snow was due, but not for a couple days, and a breeze blew around the anxious horses. They trotted across the highway and into the brush as a semi passed behind them.

Lucy quickly dropped her attitude after loping in the deep sand of the gravel pit. Cash however found himself running sideways over the smallest of reasons. He was close to fitted up, and so he was able to maintain that nervous stormy energy. Jackrabbits occasionally shot from the overhead brush, and the dog bounced out of and into sight again.

“Can we take off towards the mountain?” the woman asked. Cash snorted and threatened to blow when he saw they would climb the side to get out of the gravel pit. The pair trotted out for a long time, and the woman felt guilty for the pretty mare who lacked the fitness of the big colt. Sweat circled her eyelids when Cash blew sideways and knocked hard into her. The man hollered and swore with the pain of his knee slamming into his wife’s. “I am so sorry, did you break it?” “No, it’s not broken. That stupid horse...”

They trotted a good distance before coming to a dirt road running along the bottom of the mountainside. The mare rested then, and the big colt loped back and forth for a bit, rearing up and striking at the passing dog. He was outgrowing these sorts of days, but occasionally his youth still required a bad day.

On their way home the woman apologized again, but held a gratitude for the timing of his day. It hadn’t been at work or in a particularly stressful environment. It was a good day for his nerves to appear, and the sun shining through the wintertime always made her happy.
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Lucy and Cash were ridden in the bright morning. They walked along enjoyably, and eventually they roped the dummy and played around. Cash had decided to hold a love for roping the dummy. He was always where he needed to be, but he goofed off in his own ways. He chewed on the rope and chewed on the dummy while ropes were pulled.

After a bit of time a truck would pull in. They were holding a trade. It was the woman’s first experience with trading things other than horses, and the little girl was as thrilled as her. She ran through the house and the tack room building a trade pile. Stuffed animals, some reins and an old pair of baby spurs made an interesting collection on the table.

The couple made their own pile on the back of a pickup. It included some old halters and headstalls. A breast collar and a couple knifes sat alongside the others. It wasn’t just a trade expected though. One of the guests was a chiropractor with a style from Old Mexico.

Two horses were scheduled. Cash and Lucy had drawn the lucky straws. Once they arrived Cash was brought out first. She found he was in bad shape, as they had wondered with his tendency to lose his balance and the way he carried his neck. His poll and neck were out, and when she came to his ribs she found bigger issues. Cash didn’t appreciate her experienced hands, and it took the man and the woman on each end to keep her safe. He tried kicking her and he tried biting her.

The couple had seen her work before, and knew she was particularly talented. Cash although had missed the memo, and he was angry. She asked, “What did you do to this horse?” She hadn’t seen many like him before. He walked out a different horse when she finished. Everything had been out. He held himself proudly and moved out strong. The confusion of his dislike of the new woman who made him feel better played out on his expression.

Lucy went more smoothly, but she also was insulted at each bit of pain experienced. Her back was out, and it had shown itself a bother throughout her time. Her ribs filled back in and she also walked away strongly.

As the trading commenced, the little girl found herself the new owner of a silver snaffle. She was so excited, and happily gave her reins and old baby spurs. She also traded the stuffed animals for a knife. Trading was her new favorite activity.

The older girl stayed back from the trading. It wasn’t something that appealed to her, although she enjoyed roping the dummy with all of the kids. The woman traded for a bit and headstall, and the man also made a few exchanges. Everyone was happy with their new piles, and they discussed trading a few more items for more chiropractor work.

Bones reacted differently to her touch. He had issues from having worn an oversized saddle, and as she worked him back into place he accepted the pain. He noticed the relief quickly, and his loving expression was easily portrayed. He nuzzled her between cracks, and his big eyes were soft.

Beamer tended towards distrust. He looked at her with his eyes wide and head high. Why would she touch him? His touchiness made his skin crawl as he tried to stand, but anxiety had him jumping away. However, when she cracked his bad areas, like Bones he realized the relief she offered. His distrust continued, but he stood stoically. When she finished his eyes softened and he moved gracefully as in his younger days. She was who turned him loose, and his eyes softened as though he knew her all along. He refused to leave her when she shooed him along. He was very pleased with her work.

It would be interesting to see how they felt as a bit of time passed. The woman wondered if Cash would pick his feet up higher and maintain his balance better.

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post #1063 of 1092 Old 02-24-2020, 09:27 AM
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Very interesting about Cash! I wonder how he will feel now. Also interesting how Bones responded.
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If only they could talk, it would make everything so much easier. I hope it helps Cash and the others. Cash seems to have had quite a reaction to the chiropractor, I hope it improves his balance and body.
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It was very interesting @gottatrot . Bones has been playing a fool all morning, bucking and tearing into Zeus. He is happy and feeling good.

@Caledonian it was surprising how much he disliked her. If one had ever seen a horse with the intention of killing a person it was him. I was surprised at how he didn’t take that out on Shawn or I. He tried snaking around me to get at her to bite. Ears pinned and neck straight, mouth open and ready to get her any way possible... yet he never touched me. He never hit the end of the leadrope and he never pushed me at all. He only tried to get around me. Same with the kicking. He never kicked Shawn, but he tried to reach around him with his hind leg to kick her.

She laughed when it was done that she would never step onto him. She knew he would hurt her still given any opportunity. I’m not sure she was impressed with his temperament. Lol. She was shocked at how bad he was physically though. Somewhere along the line something happened to him. It wasn’t here though I promise.

This morning he is still holding himself differently. He looks proud. His head is held more in the way Zeus holds his in the corral. His body looks good too, but I think it always did.

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@Knave - Wow that's amazing. I've never experienced that before. I would've thought that he'd redirect it to the closest person if the one causing the pain was out of reach. It sounds like a new beginning for him.
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That’s exactly what I expected @Caledonian . I was surprised by it for sure.

Now I have something even crazier. I saddled him up to walk him around for a second. Nothing changed, I even reset the saddle because I couldn’t understand it. It had to be let out a hole on the offside and was still two holes out on the near. A western saddle too, so maybe 8 inches or a bit more at least... I was afraid to step on because I was sure something was amiss. He felt excellent too. It is so odd!
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@Knave - I would imagine that whatever she released has allowed him to relax and expand, changing his body shape. Good news though.
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Amazing story! All of it!

My heart breaks that horses can be so uncomfortable in their body, and still try so hard to be good mounts for us.
I wonder how many horses go their whole lives not seeing a chiropractor, but needing one...

I keep telling the young girls, horses are the most generous animals, if they are reluctant to do something, there is a good reason! Its up to the big brained biped to figure it out!

Trading sounds a blast! what a neat idea to not involve money!

Little girl kept Zeus I hope! LOL
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@Dragoon it is amazing. I often wonder about things like pain, in humans or animals, tied into an “accustomed to” idea. For example, if we swapped bodies for a day, would one of us be rolling on the floor in pain with something? We cannot compare... He was a crazy fool today. Lol. They are all feeling good and he was bucking and running and playing all morning.

The trading was fun! Little girl didn’t trade Zeus off, although she was asked to trade him again. She has been offered the sale of him a couple times now too, and I can see interest in others. That day all of the kids rode him around bareback to rope the dummy and play. He always seems to make quite the good impression.

We kind of have a background plan with him. If he turns out as good as he seems for ranch work we will purchase him from her. That would allow her to get a portion of the money she intended when she originally purchased him, but also allow him to continue his place here. We have grown too attached to him! With Pete gone she needs a horse; there are many work days where Bones is not pleasant and so Beamer cannot fill the hole for both girls.

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