The action ceased prior to my arrival, but the
injuries of the participants indicated I had missed
a real rodeo.
Ricky walked upright, but his right hand was
in an ice-filled bag, bound by an ace bandage and
Rick walked bent like a comma, but then he
always did, so it wasn’t until he rolled up his
shirt sleeve that I saw the hide missing from his
Here is the scene.
Ricky owns a cow pony who is a little
sensitive about having his rear hooves trimmed and
when he isn’t leaning on you he is cow-kicking.
After dozens of unsuccessful nipping
attempts, a hobble was buckled below the horse’s
fetlock to pull his foot off the ground.
This three-legged stance sent the pony into a
full blown panic and he wildly tried to kick himself
free from the hobble.
The more he kicked, the more the loose end of
the chain and leather hobble thrashed his other
Fences and gates were no match for this horse trying
to escape what felt like a badger chewing on his
fetlock and the action exploded from the corral,
down the driveway and back to the corral.
When I arrived, the horse was securely tied
to a post and was dripping with sweat.
I slowly slipped an 18 gauge needle into his
jugular vein so as to administer a powerful
We waited—nothing happened.
This horse was panicked beyond the magic of
I injected a second anesthetic drug, stepped
back and waited and waited.
Finally, the old boy gave up the fight and
crashed to the dirt.
We quickly removed the offending hobble and
then waited for him to recover.
Ricky explained how this cow pony is the best
in his string and there isn’t anything a cowboy
can’t do when mounted astride this 18-year-old
I took his word for it because minutes
earlier this horse more resembled an athletic out of
control maniac than a cow pony.
Hopefully, one’s true value is more than you
see on the surface and this brings me to my point.
Trump supporters trumpet all the wonderful
things he will do as president, but his disregard
for both the Constitution and Christian principles
At his core, he is a businessman who succeeds
by cutting deals; the exact political manipulation
However, facing the choice between Mr. Trump
and a known Marxist, I will give the Donald a
Like Ricky’s horse, I’ll trust he proves better than