The Tevis Trail: Grateful, and Full

12 Nov

Back when I was a workin ranch horse, which I was well into my teens before I came to live on the County Island, a job always had a clear start, and a clear end.

For instance: Go round up the strays.

When the strays was rounded up, the job was done.

Go out and tag or brand the calves.

When the calves was all tagged or branded, the job was done.

It was never, ride a hundred miles, but when you’re done ridin a hundred miles, you still ain’t done yet.

But I was never a bonafide endurance horse back then.

It’s like the confoundin County Island idea of “walk breaks” when ridin a horse. There’s walkin, and then there’s takin a break. If a horse is still walkin, he ain’t takin a break. But arena riders persist in makin their poor round-and-round horses walk and take a break at the same time.

It’s why so many pampered pet pleasure horses have their problems, I reckon.

So I did wonder what was meant to happen to me the day after I done finished the whole one hundred miles — and two days early, mind you. Words were said about one more and final vet check, and I hoped to high hog that wasn’t true.

The bucket gal brushed me, and curried me, and fussed over my mane and tail like she does sometimes. She picked my hooves, too. She walked me around our own li’l home corral and made me step over the two cavaletti we got here, which is the french way to say fancy li’l sticks, so she could observe all my joints.

And the vet lady’s truck never showed up.

Instead, she hugged me, which was excessive. A good horse don’t need hugs for his reward.

And she fetched my bucket! After breakfast was already long done! So I got a second bucket. She proclaimed it to be a special bucket, and I had to agree, because second breakfast’s always special to a horse.

And as I ate, she told me how I was the finest ol’ endurance horse in the whole, entire land, which again seemed excessive, but it was also nice.

And that was it! Finally, gratefully, and with an extra-full belly, I was done with the pretend Tevis.

It was surely a good ride. Thanks for virtually pretendin to come along.

Like all the good endurance horses say, to finish is to win, y’all.

Haggin Cup winners prior to me:

“The James Ben Ali Haggin Cup shall be awarded by the Cup Committee to the horse among the first ten to finish judged to be in the most superior physical condition by the Veterinary Committee. The rider must have exhibited a level of horsemanship and sportsmanship equal to the prestige of the award as judged by the Cup Committee during the competition to be eligible to present for the Haggin Cup.”

Current trail section: Back here, on the County Island

Current status: Eatin, nappin, teasin my horse buddies Orignal Coors and Coors Light, and bein grateful for the good life

Total 2020 Virtual Tevis Cup ride gun time: 49:01:39

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Posted by on November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized


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