Part #2 – Sorry we are late in posting, we had a busy, busy day!
Excited we finally have our old friend “Top Rail” in pen, we hustled to get the trailer and get back. We needed to load the band as quickly as possible and get Bryant off to his mother’s birthday party in Paris, Texas by 6:00 pm.
As we drove down the dirt road nearing the trapped horses, we caught a glimpse of a most amazing scene. “Top Rail” had gained his young stance back. Eyes focused, ears erect, and head held high, he watched our approach, familiar with the sound of a trailer. He had been in this situation once before; he knew what was about to happen.
“Top Rail” doesn’t require a big band. He is quite content with two mares. This small group included his two-year-old son and two 2018 foals. This band connects to ‘Namaste’ and with ‘Mamma D,’ and as with everything that means something, we’d like to keep them all!
‘Namaste’s’ half-sister, “Cocoa” was introduced in part #1 of our story. They have the same dam, “Chickasaw Princess.” The 2018 filly is a pretty little thing and looks like she is going to roan out. ‘Namaste’ you are an Aunt!
The Palomino mare is a beauty too. (Her name has slipped our memories as of this writing, you can imagine with this many horses it is bound to happen!) A smart one, she watched how “Top Rail” reacted and took her cue from him. She is aging too but still can discipline if needed.
Her colt is already a handsome one for sure! We believe he will shed off to be a very light Palomino. He already is showing a muscular stature and would have to be a beauty with “Top Rail” as his daddy!
Has the son caught your eye by now? I’ve named him “Mid-Rail” and hope whoever may be lucky enough to become his owner changes it LOL! He is stunning!! Everyone is falling in love with this two-year-old stallion. Some definite “love at first sight” moments happening around here lately!
Prepared to get the horses “All Aboard,” Bryant shows his many years of experience. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this man work with his horses, you have missed out!
The band immediately gathered to one side of the pen. The colt stuck as close to his daddy as he could, not sure what was taking place. “Top Rail” is the only horse out of this group who has ever been in a trailer, and only once. Keeping that in mind, my confident friend and “teacher” knew it wouldn’t take too long before they were loaded.
“Top Rail” watched every movement Bryant made. The trailer door opened, the gate in the trailer opened, gloves were slipped on Bryant’s hands. “Mid-Rail” watched with questioning eyes. The mares tensed up; none of this was recognizable to them.
And the loading begins…or not! Right off they looked at Bryant like he was some crazy person that entered their personal space. They began to stroll around the pen, “Top Rail” within feet of the trailer gate. “Go ahead “Top Rail” you know what to do,” Bryant gently spoke. “Top Rail” raised his head and bolted. You know I would never have heard the end of it if he had loaded that quickly!
The only thought “Cocoa” had on her mind was to jump. Yes, she was looking for a way out. She kept going to one panel, in particular, head held high up over it. We believe the only reason we didn’t lose her to an escape was her filly. So, while my friend spoke kindly to the horses, he had me stand at that panel. Every time one of the horses headed that direction I was to throw up my arms and yell. I took this job seriously. No way was there going to be an escapee over this panel on my watch!!
Later I got to thinking. Does Bryant make me do these strange things just to humor himself? Or does he really need me to complete these actions? I’m sure I looked like a monkey on drugs every time a horse turned my way. Arms were thrown up, jumping up and down, yelling. Bryant Rickman, I’m going to check into this with other experienced horse people! LOL.
“Top Rail” decided he was too old for all the shenanigans and headed for the trailer. His band in tow, he put one foot on the trailer, then the other and with a leap was inside. One after the other began repeating his actions and before long were all loaded. Except “Mid-Rail.” At the last second, he decided he didn’t want to catch this ride and jumped the trailer gate that was tied. (I missed that shot…I know!!!)
He swept around Bryant and headed toward where? Yes, the panel I was supposed to be watching. Do you know how difficult it is taking photos and keep a close eye on anything? So, with camera in hand, I made it to the panel and began yelling, jumping and shouting. Looking like a fool no doubt! Oh, and then my friend says, “Shhh, let him settle for a minute, he’ll go back, his mama loaded up. He won’t leave his mama.” What?! So my exertion of energy was for naught?
Correct as usual, it only took the young stallion twice around the pen before he was standing at the back of the trailer. Looking in he saw his mama. Within a few minutes, he had loaded up, and Bryant was closing the trailer gate, “and that is how you do it.”
Pulling down the road, I looked over at my friend and smiled. I find myself in awe of the way he works with his horses. He doesn’t mistreat. There is no yelling or screaming. No hitting, punching or beating. He simply talks to them and waits for them to decide the way he wants them to decide. It is a sight to see and a privilege to ride along with him!
Our last part of the story will be posted tomorrow. “Top Rail” and most of his band return to their home place!
Until we meet again,
‘Namaste’ and ‘Mamma D’
Note: A couple of interesting tidbits to our subscriber Don O.
Your filly has a connection to this band. Her dam is a sister to the young stallion, “Mid-Rail.” To make it even more interesting, one of my most favorite, favorite stallions, a Palomino by the name of “Kiamichi Gold” who ran Blackjack Mountain is the sire to my first Rickman Spanish Mustang. He was a Palomino, “Tumbleweed,” who would be your fillies dam’s half-brother.
If we go a step further, the connection gets even more in-depth. If it weren’t for Bryant, my husband and I driving through Fossil River Refuge one particular day, you might not have your filly today. Bryant hadn’t seen your horse’s dam for a while and was concerned about her. During that drive, we saw her in the distance, and as we neared her location, we saw she was in horrible shape. She was loaded down with ticks and didn’t look like she would last long in that condition. We immediately got a rope around her front hoof and held her so that Bryant could begin to doctor her for the ticks and worm her. When we released her, we weren’t sure whether we’d see her again, thinking she may not survive.
A while later I received a picture, that beautiful Palomino mare standing in the middle of a trail with a foal next to her, both looking healthy and happy. Wow, how exciting! I love when I can witness first-hand how these horses take their struggles and pain and show us how tough and strong-willed they are. They have tremendous hearts that keep them going through the toughest of times! I thought you might like a little “tale” about your beautiful filly, a bit of her history.