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post #21 of 32 Old 12-27-2014, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Is he a Christmas present? It' sounds like you already know him!
Well, it is a long story but.........

Through a set of circumstances I became involved with this 28,000 acre (including grazing allotment) ranch. And fell for horses. Actually wasn't a new desire. I had a cut out of a horse's head from the cover of Progressive Farmer above my bed when I was 14. But it never happened.

I do a lot of stuff on the ranch that is fun for me and that is of value to the ranch. It has been a win-win relationship for almost one year and seems to be consolidating into a long term arrangement.

There were 23 horses here and that is a lot when only one is being used and then not that much. 1/2 pellet rations in the winter runs $1,150 per month.

The decision was made to reduce the herd by at least six. I asked which they would sell and Hondo was one of them. I had only ridden twice on the ranch and that was the first for the last 35 years and then only half dozen times.

I had expressed an interest in having a horse of my own and asked what they thought about me buying Hondo. The person that has been sort of training and advising me can be like a Marine Drill Instructor. Says ain't nobody ever been hurt on my watch and I don't aim to start now.

So I'm told it depends. We'll see how it goes. There is a lot to know before I'd sell a horse to you or anyone. It's my responsibility to know the horse will be cared for properly blah blah etc.

So I started working with and eventually riding Hondo. Rode fence lines and helped on several small cattle roundups. Rode all summer and fall.

When I got a special invite to a Christmas Eve supper, I wondered. But as festivities ran on and the meal was finished I sort of forgot plus I figured I was just fantasizing.

Then I looked out the window, I guess everyone was, and there was Hondo. I just stood there staring in disbelief. Someone opened the window and handed me the lead rope. "Don't you want to take this?"

I was told, "We had decided that you and Hondo should not ever be separated".

So yes, Hondo was a Christmas/Birthday present and yes, I already knew him.

End of this story and the beginning of another.

BTW, my DI is the 105 pound person that refers to herself as a pixie cowgirl outside the window.
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post #22 of 32 Old 12-27-2014, 10:25 PM
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really like you, your story and Hondo!
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post #23 of 32 Old 12-27-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, Harold, perhaps no one in the history of horse loving deserves a horse more than you deserve Hondo! You just made my heart happy, and it is such a thrill to watch a newbie become not-newbie in such a short time!
Thank you. I am humbled at those comments.
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post #24 of 32 Old 12-27-2014, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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I've really enjoyed reading your posts. Merry Christmas to you and your steed. More pics please
Grandkids are supposed to be here tomorrow. I'll get some pics of Hondo with his tack and grandkids.

Until then, here is one of my favorites where Hondo is invading my sacred space. About five minutes later I did something I have seen on old westerns and always wanted to do. I emptied the water into my hat and gave it to Hondo. He sticks his tongue out about 1/4 inch, curls it a little and drinks like it's a straw.

He drank the water and slobbered all over the brim of my hat. Still has stains.

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post #25 of 32 Old 12-28-2014, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Grandkids didn't make it today. Here is one without his tack.


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Wow, what an amazing story! It got me a little teary.
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post #27 of 32 Old 01-01-2015, 08:12 PM
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What a good story, and gotta love that hondo horse,he's a very sturdy looking horse.
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post #28 of 32 Old 01-02-2015, 08:34 PM
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Don't wanna steal any limelight Harold, but since someone asked...

...& the harness 'saddle' was on because he also had santa sacks with presents for the school kids - he got to be the primary school's designated reindeer!
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post #29 of 32 Old 01-02-2015, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Don't wanna steal any limelight Harold, but since someone asked...

...& the harness 'saddle' was on because he also had santa sacks with presents for the school kids - he got to be the primary school's designated reindeer!
That's ok and even nice for delivering presents to the kids at school, but I'd have been terribly depressed if they did that to Hondo as gift wrapping. And where would I save all that stuff??

I did take pictures of all the grandkids riding Hondo, but while we're getting silly,

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post #30 of 32 Old 01-02-2015, 09:43 PM
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Don't wanna steal any limelight Harold, but since someone asked...

...& the harness 'saddle' was on because he also had santa sacks with presents for the school kids - he got to be the primary school's designated reindeer!

By the way it was me that asked to see your horse all decked out for xmas. Oh my what a cute looking horse,must be a kids horse has that look about him,or her.

Hondo, you just have great post that are interesting to read,if you ever get tired of your horse just send him to me.
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