Opening the doorPosted Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 3:57 PM
I am left handed because I am right minded (according to countless studies) but I play guitar right handed. If the studies are correct, I am therefore left minded. I prefer motocycles over horses, perhaps because my first solo horse back ride was bareback on a gentle old palimino mare that was thirsty. I know she was thirsty because she led me staight to water (in this case it was in the Richfield Canal). I tried to stop her from drinking as my uncle had instructed me to. When I leaned back hard on the reins, she responded by dropping her head. My older cousin (a girl) had warned me never to turn loose of the reins. I don't remember anything about exceptions to that "rule".
To make a long story short, by not being told that the reins were attached to the horse via a bit (not a byte) ((as an insurance device I guess)), the mare got her drink, I couldn't dust off the seat of my britches because they were too wet, so I walked her back to the corral. It was about a half a mile. She went right to the barn, where there was food, water and shelter.
I'm pretty sure that's where she wanted to be in the first place.
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I was born September 17, 1949 in Caldwell, Idaho. Like Idaho's climate, I have a dry sense of humor. It may be a result of faulty genetics, but I come from sturdy stock. My great grandfather once served as a postmaster right on the line between Camas and Elmore Counties and is buried on what was once his land. According to research my only sibling has done, we generally agree that he started his westward trek in Indiana sometime after 1838 and died of pneumonia in 1911. If Google earth is correct, there are at least 2.5 million average steps between Ripley County, Indiana and his gravesite.
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