I finally made it out to the Horseman's Association with my camera to take some photos of John and Chance and the progress they are both making. Chance is young and John is really starting over since it has been about 17 years since his last horse George. With the help of his trainer Jose Martinez both Chance and John are getting a lot of schooling.
We are not sure who started Chance but they did a wonderful job as he is not shy and so willing to please. You can throw a slicker on his head, play with his ears, pick up his front hoof and he will pick up the other 3 without asking. He will stand by a fence if you need a boost to get on (he is at least 15.5 hands already and still growing!
John and Jose have been teaching him not to fear anything such as the barrels (which are not his friends) but that he is getting to know. John works with a rope around his head, under his belly and just about everywhere except under his tail so far. Chance likes the rope. John isn't planning on roping or barrel racing but you never know when a barrel might show up to scare the heck out of you.
Today John and 4 of his pals from the barn took a ride out of the Wee Thump Forest (no joke!) It is a beautiful Joshua Tree forest, just out of Searchlight NV. It is actually a trail head leading in to the McCollough Mountains that sort of divide the El Dorado Valley from Las Vegas. They are wild and beautiful and not overrun with people. They say there are wild cows up there that have been there for at least 10 years and we have seen the sign (cow patties.)
They took off at 6:30 this morning and were going to stop at the Casino in Searchlight for breakfast. It is the only place on earth that still has coffee for 10 cents a cup! Maybe it's .25 cents now with inflation but it is fun to go there just so you can honestly say you drank a cup of coffee almost for free. I am sure they will ride for 4 or 5 hours before returning to the trucks and trailers for sandwiches that Bobbi our Cuban friend brought.