When Grant called and said he'd be home today, I dropped my plans and went to Consort. This time of the year Grant is usually busy out riding for other people so he can be challenging to get a hold of. I needed to go see Buddy. Talking on the phone with Grant he told me the horse had changed. He felt I'd like him and if I didn't he wanted him.
So this morning I hit the road. Once at Grant's with Buddy saddled up I watched as Grant put him through his paces. Now remember Buddy is just a baby - technically he's not even three yet - and he can consistently on a loose rein walk, trot, and lope (on the correct lead) in a circle. He'll back up, turn on the haunches in both directions and stop with no bit contact. All in all pretty good for a baby. Is he perfect? No, he's a baby!
A little apprehensive I climbed on. Remember I haven't been on a horse in something like a year (with Whiskey out of commission) and physically I shouldn't even be riding. But it felt so nice. Buddy has a smooth gait and is fairly naturally balanced. While I wonder if he'll morph back into the obnoxious horse of the past, Grant seems to think its just maturity that we're seeing.
Needless to say I've decided to give Buddy a chance. I'm giving him a month to see if we will click as a horse rider team. And if we don't click, he'll go back to Grant and we'll work a trade with something that will be a better fit for me. So right now Buddy is in the isolation pen here at home.
A visit to Grant's is not complete without a good visit. It was during this time he told me about a dog someone had given him. He was calling the dog Bullet because it was going to get one. Curious I asked why. It was then I discovered it took him a week to catch it, and once he caught it he couldn't get it to look at stock. Going and looking at the dog where it was tied up I found a dog that cowers when you approach it. I began to wonder if someone had been to harsh with the dog and spoiled it, turning it off stock. So of course I offered to take it home and see if I could get it to work sheep. I know if I can get it working on sheep I can get it working on cattle.
One of the guys at the barn said the previous owners called it Tex - but he doesn't seem to recognize the name. He understands lie down and kinda gets that'll do (all I tried tonight) but didn't even look when I called his name. He wants to be friendly but is just scared. I am now on a good Collie name hunt. Suggestions?
When I walked him out into the field he started to look at the sheep and he definitely watched the cat - all good signs. One thing I noticed is he's not as jumpy with me as he is with my dad. The other thing I noticed is he's missing a chunk of ear, and has a broken canine tooth.