Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesdays With Texas Chapter 11 ( Trust )

Texas Jan 2012
Last week in Chapter 10, I made a comment that I had never done anything with total abandon.....well upon reflection I came up with a time that I did just that, on this occasion the event was accomplished with my trusty sidekick (so killing two birds with one stone on this one) One time while riding with my friend Shirley ( The other one) we came across a narrow trail that we had never seen before....without saying a word to each other we took off at a full gallop ( she on the buckskin Dandy and myself on Tex) we wound around blind corners and jumped over low fallen trees it was absolutely exhilarating....my heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest...I had tears in my eyes from the wind and when we reached the end of our run we were laughing so hard ...we almost couldn't breath. ....!!!!!OMG!!!!!! that was like... I don't know what...it is a feeling I have never quite duplicated, all I can say for sure is I put my trust in that little horse and he delivered in spades. Another time I had a trusting moment was when we went swimming, Tex would stand patiently waiting for me to dive in and he would be standing in exactly the same spot waiting for me to get back....he would be so careful when I hung on the side of him and we swam together. Another time doing Barrels  we had a perfect run...I decided to let Tex do his thing and I was going to be the silent ( still) partner....we had the best run ever...( 16.2 his personal best )it was so smooth it felt like we were barely moving, when we finished the run I couldn't get off for a few seconds ...I had such an adrenaline rush going that I couldn't stop shaking...again I trusted Tex to do his job and again he never let me down. There have been many times that my trust in this horse has saved my ass. I believe he has the same degree of trust in me. It is hard to explain ...although I know some of you get it ....I just don't have the words. Tex is starting to feel and show his age, he is having some vision and hearing issues.The other day while I was feeding, I was emptying Tex's feeder...I was working around his head and feet with a pitchfork...he had no problems with that ...he never does...but something that was different was Dave had come into his stall and when he started talking that poor horse just about turned himself inside out....he almost fell down trying to get out of the stall. It took me a few seconds to figure out what the problem was. As soon as Dave got out of his stall he came back in and I continued to clean around him....he acted like nothing had happened. I have also noticed that he waits for me to take him or show him things that aren't in the normal daily routine.I truly hope in Tex's last days that he will continue to put  his trust and faith in me....to do the things that are right....and  best for him.

6 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

Tex sounds like pure joy! I have been blessed with a couple horses in my time that help me to better understand you and Tex. Catana, and my beloved Sunshine who even after she lost her sight would walk through fire for and or to me . Some day my friend we will sit down together and talk, and if I am very very lucky , we will do it at your house where I could meet Tex (that is my wish)

Janice said...

Sherry my door is always open to you... anytime!!I would love to have you come visit.Sunshine...love that name, sounds like she was your Tex.

Shirley said...

I'm glad your moment of wild abandon was such a joyful experience! Those moments of perfection with a horse are such a blessing.
Tex is so in tune with you he can probably feel your presence before he can see or hear you. Dave will probably need to get Tex's attention visually to let him know he's there.

Crystal said...

How cool, my horse Bailey has that trust is me. Sometimes its a little scary knowing how she trusts me. It took me a lot longer to have that trust in her, but now I do when ever we dont know what is gonna happen, she always gets me through. Tex sounds like an awesome horse I am sad I missed the chance to meet him when we went out that way last fall, maybe I will have to make a road trip now that I know its not too far.

Cheyenne said...

Sounds like Tex is a horse to be very proud of. Maybe because of the on sett of ailments, ie, the hearing, maybe thats why he trusts you? He kows you, he has that understanding with you.
Be lucky!

I like to chance my arm so to speak! Full Gallop! Nothing like it!!

Janice said...

Hey Cheyenne, I love your figure of speech made me chuckle...we must all be a little crazy I think....in a good way of course.

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