Started the day with coffee, make-up, inside plant watering and then off to see the rescue horses at Dove Creek Ranch near Canyon, Texas. I spent about two hours there talking to the owner, the ranch manager, and others. The following horse is Jazzy. They gave a demonstration in the round pen and this was her fourth ride ever. For a young horse she was really, really calm.
Their technique includes a lot of ground work and desensitization to motions and sounds.
He put the saddle on and off repeatedly before riding her. Then I went outside to a large corral to look at this flashy paint. She is so beautiful but might not be adoptable.
Although they once had her mother and siblings who have already been adopted, her behavior is very inconsistent. They told me that one day she does fine, but the next day she may not remember anything from the day before, or act a bit crazy like running into things. The more we discussed this behavior and possible causes, the more it made me think of a horse I once knew who had eaten loco weed. Loco weed is toxic and affects a horse so that it suddenly behaves basically crazy and unpredictable. Made me sad; she is so beautiful. I saw another paint filly, but she belongs to the ranch manager. Yes, she is nice, but not the looker the above one is.
Then I ran home for a couple of hours, checked to see where Rosie had disappeared–she was off grazing, and headed to my book signing. It went well. I was especially thrilled to see a few people I had not seen in a long time. One, Kira Satterfield, used to teach with me years ago. She said it had been seven. My grandson passed out fliers, Hastings made coffee for the guests, and my daughter helped.