Just got back to Montana after a 10 day journey. Took my Mother to Yuma, Arizona where she spends the winter. (I’ll show you why in a bit) Spent a little time with my Dad and Stepmom as they live in Yuma, then flew to Fort Worth, Texas to shoot some video footage for the upcoming NCBA Stockmanship and Stewardship virtual experience that will happen November 11 and 12. Sign up at “Stockmanshipandstewardship.org”.
Had a good morning helping Ron Gill and his crew vaccinate calves and demonstrate how not too operate a ArrowQuip chute. Then I headed to the Will Rogers in Fort Worth to watch Daughter Mesa show her nice horse “Six”. They are getting better every time I see her show, but she drew a real tough cow to show well on, and even harder to rope.
Next on the agenda I headed to Stockton, Missouri to take part in “Agape colt camp” at Agape Boarding School. A few of us with a little colt starting experience were able to combine our knowledge to help around twenty 2 year old colts that had only been halter broke, and twenty young fellows, most who had never ridden a horse before get started in the right direction to spend the next several months together before the horse sale in June when the boys show their horses to be sold.
When we brought the young horses in the arena the first time and to see how snorty they were, and to see how the boys didn’t know how to put a halter on the first time I saw them, I was wondering if it was possible to make it work.
In four days almost all the boys were saddling their colts without much help and everyone got on and we led them around on the colts with very little trouble. It never ceases to amaze me how much change a young horse can make in a very short time if the right kind of pressure is applied. It is the most satisfying part of stockmanship for me.
The reason I love going to “Agape” is the change that the horse and the right kind of pressure from the staff at the school apply to the boys to make the same kind of change for the life challenges they face, and to learn to get along in the world, like the young horses must adapt and improve to get along with the world of humans.
I tell the boys in my first visit that the horse does not care what color they are, what they have done in the past, or how rich or poor they are, and I don’t either.
All they and I care about is how they do things right now, and I hope I can be as pure as the colts.
The school is faith based and so is the colt starting. We pray when we start and we pray when we are done. All the instructors are on the same page and work together to keep people safe first, then use horsemanship to progress through life better. I truly believe it will help these young men change to make better decisions in life and give them the courage to make good decisions as they face the challenges and triumphs of life. I am so proud to be involved with it.
They shared some videos and photos with me and I thought you might enjoy seeing the progress. No one that I know of was videoing the day we got them all on. That would have been nice to see!
The instructors teach God first, becoming a good human second, and becoming a stockman third. I am in awe of their skills!
I got back home Yesterday afternoon and jumped on the tractor to plow snow to get my horses fed. The snow was so deep they were having a hard time getting grass pawed open. It’s good to be back with the woman and animals I love.
This is why my mother goes to Arizona every winter!