Date: December 26th, 2011
Destination: A ranch outside Houston, Texas.
Mission: Assist in teaching a client how to drive four horses at once.
I met my dad down in Texas the day after Christmas. He flew in from Western Montana and me from Northern Michigan. I was essentially ground support while he taught a couple of gentlemen how to drive a four-horse hitch. Him needing ground support wasn’t necessarily because the drivers were rookies, but because the horses were inexperienced at being in a four-horse hitch.
Our days started at 8:45 a.m. wherein we got picked up at our hotel and driven to the ranch. We drove a variety of horses till noon or there a bouts, then were taken out to lunch. We went back to the ranch and drove more, quitting about 5 p.m. After that we were taken back to the hotel, cleaned up for dinner and ate out again. 8 o’clock was our standard bedtime and we repeated the process till New Year’s Eve, flying out first thing New Year’s Day.
Sounds like a tough gig huh? Ya. No. It wasn’t. It was pretty great!
We had such a fantastic time and here’s why:
The people were such fun to be around.
Their horses, even though none of them had ever been leaders or wheelers before, were “game”, and forgiving…
and wonderful to work with.
There were many, practically deserted, roads to drive on and…
a gorgeous half mile “track” around the large pond there on the place.
Their ranch had, in addition to 14 rescue horses, a total of four zebra’s…
and a herd of donkey’s. This cuties’ name is Obadiah. He liked girls best, just ask my dad.
There was a gaggle of geese…
and a herd of Texas Long Horns.
There were beef cattle and peacocks too, but I didn’t make it over to where they were.
The weather was perfectly situated in the mid fifties to mid-seventies during the day. Though, on this particular morning it was foggy till about 11 a.m.
The food was awesome in East Texas.
I sure miss authentic Mexican food…and good BBQ!
Kinda miss my new friends too, but my dad most of all.
Thanks for letting me be your “Personal Assistant” Dad, it was just as much fun as I thought it would be.
p.s. Where to next?!