Sunday, February 5, 2012
I was showing my "baby book" to a riding clinician whose clinic I had photographed. The book obviously included this picture. He took one look at it and stopped dead in his tracks. He went back to it three or four times. He said, "she's going to be a palomino, right? I said yes. And being the bragging sort that I am when it comes to her, I added, "and you should see her spin. Tom showed her how to do it once on a lead line and she loves it.
Well folks he turned to me and said, "Would you mind emailing me this picture? A friend of mine is one of the top reining trainers in the country and I know he'd like to see this and don't be surprised if you get a phone call.
"She is not for sale." I quickly said. No, no and no.
But as I was driving away, I thought about the owner of the Arabian I used to exercise. He had a foal, who at five months could jump a four foot fence. I just about had a heart attack the first time I saw her do it. I went to the owner and said, "You know with that kind of talent and natural ability, you really should send her, when she's older, to someone who could make the most of her. Give her a job she will love and excel at. He looked at me, and said, "Maia she was born on this farm and she will die on this farm." The last time I saw her, she was close to seventeen hands and a beautiful paint. She was also bored out of her mind.
I know I don't have to do anything today, but I suspect the time will come when I will. I was sort of hoping we could both learn western dressage. But you never know.
PS: If I were starting out with photo editing software I'd buy Photoshop Elements and the book PS Elements for Digital Photographers.