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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chuck

I'm thinking about our neighbor Chuck.  He's having rotator cup surgery today.  Chuck is a retired jockey, and I've seen films of his scarier racing moments.  In one race on a muddy track, his horse trips and Chuck comes off but doesn't let go of the reins.  He's dragged down the track by this galloping horse, flopping around like a rag doll.  It's very hard to watch.  I can't help but wonder if that was a contributing factor in the need for surgery all these years later.

David and I and Elyssa watched Chuck compete in a National Reined Cow Horse Association competition this weekend.
Chuck and Rooster
First they do a reining pattern of circles, sliding stops and spins,
and then they do the "fence" part of the competition.  That's working a steer up and down a fence line (long side of the arena), then working the steer in a figure eight pattern.  It's pretty amazing.  Of course I worry about the steer.

Rooster is the nicest horse.  He is a pleasure to be around, and has the best manners.  David and I will be helping out at Chuck's barn while he recovers, and I think it just might be the perfect time to steal Rooster.  We have an empty stall.

17 comments:

Flartus said...

Rooster is quite the handsome boy, too. Wow, look at that head! Nice action shots.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

oooh! My lady helped a friend when she had rotator cuff surgery. Chuck should need a lot of help but he sounds like the kind of person that might do too much too soon. I like Rooster! I wonder if he likes little goats? hee hee. Many goat kisses to Chuck!

sophie...^5 said...

Go for it...wink wink! Great shots!

in2paints said...

I hope all goes well with his surgery and he recovers soon!! In the meantime, tell him to stay in and rest... to not worry about the horses as you're "taking care of everything". Then maybe it'll take him a while to notice you stole his horse! :)

Lori Skoog said...

Rooster and Chuck are quite a pair. I hope the recovery is speedy so they can get back down to business. You are good friends to be there for him.

Terry said...

Update! Chuck just got home. The surgery went great, he's feeling good, and he's already fretting about the horses. Guess I missed my chance to steal Rooster.

Kate said...

Don't steal Rooster - Chuck will need him! Glad the surgery went well, and good that you're helping out.

sophie...^5 said...

Terry....LMAO means laughing my ass off! LMAO!

allhorsestuff said...

Oh so glad that his surgery went well...
Gald he's feeling good, but wait till tomorrow..he'll be feeling it as anestetic wears thin!
Nice pair they make..Look at em go!
KK

Sharon said...

Good that the surgery went well, my DH is supposed to have his repaired, but when he can work he does and when there's no work, we can't afford it.

See your comment on my blog, yes, great minds and all that :-)

JJ said...

Rooster is beautiful and Chuck seems like one great horseman...the look of concentration on his face in some of those pictures are fierce! I hope he recovers well from his surgery and that he's back in the saddle in no time!

Jabacue said...

Good try Terry! Maybe next time!lol Sounded like Chuck had quite the career. Good luck to your friend.
Jim

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

scary!

allhorsestuff said...

Thanks so much Terry for the sweet compliments.

I adore riding and I adore the art I see thorugh the lens...some will not ride and take photos for smart and down to earth reasons...me, mine are not very good quality, but they are from the heart of the ride mainly..and to restage that or to comment of it without the snaps..well, that just isn't me or my mare.
She has become a very patient mare..the camera has become an unlikly training tool!
HAHA!

Canyon Girl said...

I hope Chuck will be feeling better soon. And also that you are doing OK. Mine is better now and I think it is back to physical therapy soon.

Ruralrose said...

I have stopped in from John in Whales blog to say you have a wonderful sense of humour. "who stated the conversation" indeed, lol. Now that I am here I had a wonderful visit, it was like taking a little roadtrip adventure. Thanks, peace

Texan said...

Oh that rotator cuff surgery is a bit ouchy...my honeyman had that done... the recovery was pretty rough but the end he had a 100% recovery and use of his shoulder :O)...It was worth the ouchies but not sure he thought that during his first few days after the surgery....Its good Chuck has help lined up as he will need it!