Lefty Went Left

I want you all to meet Lefty – a 5 year old grey gelding Quarter Horse –                 WR Doc O Diamonds.  Lefty (his barn name) just celebrated his 5th birthday last Sunday.  He has a great attitude and a gentleness in his spirit.  Lefty is becoming a great cow horse.  I mentioned earlier that Lanny Leach – a phenomenal trainer out of Granbury – worked with Lefty for several weeks. After that training, Lefty has worked cows with ease and expertise. 

I am writing this because accidents can happen in a split second – to the greatest riders – on the greatest horses.  Today – Lefty went left – and I went right………..  right on to the ground!!! 

We had been riding for several hours checking fence.  We received  2 inches of rain yesterday.  Believe me – we have been thanking God!!  Now, with the rain – trees that were stressed in the drought are falling over on the fences.  So Gary and I rode out early this morning.  Beautiful day – great ride!!  All was good and we were headed back in.  I was totally relaxed – guard down.    We were within 500 yards of the gate leading back to the barn when Lefty spooked – taking a hard fast left – a champion cutting horse could not have maneuvered with more urgency.

Horses are prey animals.  Their first response to anything that frightens them is to flee.  This instinct is referred to as fight – or – flight.  Well, Lefty decided to flee and I took flight.  And you might ask what the “spook” was?   It was a wooden feed trough that Lefty has walked around many times. Today it was a brand new monster with huge fangs and bad breath. 

I picked myself up – dusted off – noted nothing broken except my pride.  I looked at Lefty who was standing just a few feet away with his head down – not moving. No victory lap for him.  His lowered head said it all.  I walked over – got back on – and together we finished the ride back to the barn. 

God created the most magnificent animal when he created the horse.  It’s good to relax – but we should stay alert and always expect the unexpected.  Ranching is like life – there are those “interrupted moments” when we take a fall – get thrown – or simply hit those “proverbial” bumps in the road.    It really is important to get back in the saddle.  Lefty and I know that together we are going to get through the day’s work and all the trials that day brings.  He won’t do everything correctly – neither will I.  It does not matter who caused the “upset” – we’re going to be together for the long haul.  Always learning – taking signals from each other – understanding – forgiving when necessary.   And since he’s the one that always  carries me – I forgave him the minute I got to him.

By | 2017-04-25T23:03:27+00:00 June 11th, 2012|7-7 Horses, At the Ranch|7 Comments


  1. sandi August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    your new nickname … “righty”. love it. glad you’re good and still MY bff!! if pearl has one so can i. :))
    wait … where’s poncho for lefty?

  2. Gail Zeck August 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    This is why I wear a helmet!!!!! Glad you are okay….great looking horse, BTW.

  3. Jeannette Spivey July 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I love these little life’s lessons that you are experiencing and sharing with us. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try all over again.

    So glad you and Lefty are okay.

  4. Beverly June 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Lefty has come a long way since you got him. He’s still gorgeous. Not your first or last fall. Glad you are both ok.

  5. Christine June 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    As a novice rider, I have been told it is not a matter of if I will come off a horse, but when! It amazes me how many different things can spook a horse on any given day, but my fellow riders are always alerting me to things my horse might not like, so I am learning!

  6. Kaye June 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I love this post Linda. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  7. Terri June 11, 2012 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I’m glad you’re okay! He’s gorgeous! Whew! Xoxoxoxo

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