It is the second day of the 4-Year-Old Open in the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. I’m sitting in the top row of Section H, one-third the distance from the judges’ stands to the back fence. “Flynnie” (Sean Flynn) is settling the cattle. Five assorted riders are holding them up, two riders on deck and the cow boxes are full.
“Everything will be perfectly fine if this horse would do what I want.” Do you ever have that thought? Do you get frustrated when you can’t get your horse to do what you want? Does your frustration get telegraphed to your horse? Is it really about not being able to control everything your horse does? What does control mean to you? Think about that a minute, please.
Two really good words: quality and Goldilocks. Quality is a description, a standard and a way. It’s hard to describe and even harder to learn. The successful programs are nothing but quality. They will accept nothing less. It will be in everything about them – from the stall latches to the broodmares, from the arena dirt to the wash rack.