Moooove like a Ninja (in just 5 minutes a day)
By Patty Wilber
I have gotten kind of creaky and stiff at my advanced old age of 51, so have embarked on two new exercise plans:
I don’t have a lot spare time, you know.
I have been doing all this rigorously for about four days, and I have lost 400 pounds as well as regaining my high school form in the high jump!
It’s a miracle!
I’ll report back in a month…or two.
But really, despite my true delight in the Move like a Ninja find (the Internet is another miracle…), I want to talk about my spotted mini tank: Toots (“real” name; Power Steering).
Horses are really hard to photograph well because they are long. If the angle is not just so they end up looking plain-headed or weird-necked or super short (ok, Toots actually is pretty short)…anyway, this picture didn’t light my fire, so when Toots came of the trailer and I saw who she really was, my jaw hit the floor.
She is very cute! And Stout. And Good Bone. And my, what a Nice Hip ( or in layman’s terms, she’s got a Big Butt)
I checked her height and weight-taped her*: 14.1 and 1150 lbs. Penny is 15.1 (4 inches taller) and weighs just a little bit more….
I thought Toots might be an ordinary mover because she is so much like a teapot (Short and Stout), but this girl can really get after it, I’m telling you.
She has a huge, athletic trot, an even, balanced lope, and is showing excellent potential for spins (Like a Ninja!) and hard sliding stops (which makes sense since her Daddy, MA Powersign, has something like nine World Championships in Reining and Working Cow horse and her mom is cow-bred way back).
Even better, she super easy going, and likes her work!
So, no matter that she’d never been off my place, has only around 30 saddles of basic training, and I had never had her on a cow. We went to the NM Buckskin Shaggy show to work the pens and push cattle back after the Boxing and Working Cow classes.
(It sounds like a bit of a crap shoot, but Wendy had told me stories about Toots pushing fence-wreckin’, trespassin’, grass-thievin’, four-legged critters of the Bovine persuasion into a pen and holding them there–all by herself; she’d already shown me she takes almost everything as though it was yesterday’s news.)
Toots got off the trailer, looked around, and took a nap.
When it was time to go to “work”, she warmed up in an arena she had never seen, with the commotion of a show which she had never experienced like It Was No Big Deal.
I rode her in the lanes, opened gates, put calves out, put calves in, and loaded calves in the trailer.
We moooved them dogies.
Quick and stealthy. (They never even saw us coming!) Like a Ninja!
Thank-you Caitlin Dralle for taking the cow pics while running the gate at the show!!
* A weight tape is like a tape measure used by a seamstress except the measurements on it are horse height on one side and weight on the other. To figure the weight, you wrap the tape around the horse right behind the front legs at the heart girth, and read the tape!