A Good Horse is Sometimes a Bad Color
- July 17, 2016
- Savanna Simmons
We have a string of sleek shiny Quarter Horses of all colors, from roans and bays, to grullas and greys. Plus a blanketed Shire/Quarter Horse/Appaloosa. Yes. Appaloosa. And he is by and large the best horse in our herd.
My husband Boe purchased Chavez as somewhat of a joke, but the joke is on us. He has proven to be the most willing mount, quite sure-footed for his sheer (or Shire) size, and cowy. He rides in any headgear, from straight-up in the bridle to a snaffle or hackamore and has even shown he is a capable mount in the dressage pen. In a clinic with Jack Brainard, Chavez loped almost perfectly straight sideways across the pen while maintaining correct collection. Plus, he comes standard with a flatfoot walk, allowing him to out-walk many horses.
So what does all of this matter? There are so many great horses, greater than Chavez, across the country. I have sat on the sidelines of many a ranch rodeo cheering for my husband and his team and heard many rude comments about the ugly horse, but they come around when they see him work. It’s easy to make fun of the horse with the large head or crooked legs, but the size of their heart matters more.
The judge assigned to choose Top Horse at the ranch rodeo we attended last weekend, who has won Mustang Million three times, picked a very fine horse as top horse and I agree completely with his decision. He greatly honored Boe, however, when he told him Chavez earned Honorable Mention Top Horse. Boe’s boss followed it up with an interesting thought. He said, “Cowboys tend to be prejudiced, horsemen less so.”
We also get one of the highest complements at nearly each event we attend; inevitably someone wants to buy Chavez. Last weekend was no exception. However, Chavez will continue to lope to the corrals among our sleek, solid-colored horses like a sore thumb, when really he’s the last thing from it.
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...