Meet Hudson and Bella

HudsonMeet Hudson in his day job regalia.

I hope to snag someone into taking a photo of him in dressage-ish mode so you can see him in both gear.  After you see his second photo, I’ll surprise you with a little known Hudson fact.

Bella had to drop out of the early competition this year due to Hudson’s eating accident.  Horses, like people, have glass-is-half full or glass-is-half empty attitudes as well.  At least, I think they do.

For Hudson, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  Being athletic, this has posed little problem.  Hudson may be the only horse in the world able to reach through  a hot-wired, horse-proof, non-climb fenced paddock in such a way as to actually  reach the greener grass.

He’s VERY athletic.

Unfortunately, the amazing feat of contortion also snagged his shoe in the wire fencing.  He tugged on his leg a couple of times, then smartly waited for Bella to come home and cut him out.  Thus, creating the eating accident.  We know he tugged on his leg a couple of times, because his shoulder was sore, and the chiropractor had to put  his vertebrae back in.

Sounds a lot like me. (Get mildly hurt going for the food.)  You’d think it would put both of us off.  Nope, not me.  Hudson?  Nah.  Bella had to add enough preventative hot tape (electric fencing for the non-horsey) that Hudson’s paddock looks suspiciously like his buddies toilet papered it after a night of partying.  Or it could be confused for a new  installation of  Christo’s The Running Fence.

This is Hudson and Bella doing (quite well) what they love:

Hudson and Bella getting ready to set up

A couple of things to note: Hudson is bigger than most roping horses. He’s cantering on the left lead wrapped around Bella’s inside leg. Bella has executed a full horn catch and dallied the rope around the horn (she’s not hanging onto the horn, she’s hanging onto the rope, ready to let go should the steer do anything dangerous), and is working on setting the steer up for the heeler to have a clear shot. Check out how much collection she’s got at a dead gallop on  light rein contact.  He is under himself.  Her weight is centered right where it needs to be.  When the heeler catches the steer, she’ll drop her inside hip, use her inside leg and flip Hudson to ‘face’ the steer so time can be called.  It takes an amazing amount of balance and coordination.  Cool, huh?

The little known Hudson fact: he’s twenty years old.  And trust me, they win.  This is a testament to his excellent care and conditioning.  It’s my understanding that 20 is beyond geriatric for a roping horse.

I won’t be riding for a couple of weeks.  Shaun had to take Micah to the ER last night (pneumonia, but he’s going to be okay.) and it’s going to be all love and nursing here at home.

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