Post by Dara Turner
More time with the people I love and more time with my horses. While working a full time job lets me afford my horses, it also takes away valuable time especially in the winter months. For alot of people, juggling a job, family and hobbies is a very intricate ballet. And more times than not, something gets short changed. When I got my first horse, my husband was the one who was left out. He always ribs me about being fed after the animals. He was and still is quite understanding. He’s also quick to point out to people that this is my only passion and hobby.
When my daughter was born, the horses were the sacrifice. I cared for them twice daily while I was at a self serve barn, I just didn’t get to do much with them. I fed them before I went to work and a friend at the the barn would let them out to pasture. After work, I would go back to the barn, change my shoes in the car, and do chores and feed again. Then it was home to feed the family and do house chores. I rode when I could and occasionally went to a show or two. I wondered if it wasn’t time to get out of horses for a while.
I kept my horses and moved them to a full care barn instead. This gave me more time. Most of which was spent with diapers, then ball games, band trips, homework, and calming the fears of a teenager wondering if boys would ever like her. Now she’s in college and I have more time again. I kept my horses through all the trials and tribulations of my life. I look back at them as my stress relief. If I hadn’t had them, I’m sure I would be on blood pressure or ulcer medication. They have a calming effect on me, even if they are having one their bad days. I take a riding lesson every Saturday morning, weather permitting. It relaxes me to be just sitting on of my horses or trying to learn a new move. Even on those rides where nothing is going right, I find it enjoyable. On some of those rides, you can hear me laugh.
I look at it this way . . . . no matter what my horses do, it’s not as bad as what work does to me.
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Post by Dara Turner
I met Huddy Hudspeth when I volunteered to work the Palomino World Hose Show about 18 years ago. He was the tack judge and I was recruited to check the horses markings. We had to check every horse every time they came through the gate to the holding pen. At that time, the show was 3 very long days. We spent a lot time at the back gate. When there was time between classes, I asked a lot of questions and he told a lot of stories. We worked together until about 5 years ago. He was one of the most amazing people I know.
He had a gentle way about him, but he commanded respect. Whether it was a horse he was training or a cowboy who was trying to understand why his horse had become flighty. He had trained more horses than I can ever imagine and probably just as many people. My young paint mare & I became one of his many students when he was about 80. He was still training 5 horses. I spent just three months with him. It was absolutely unbelievable what he could do in that short time. Huddy was a trainer that believed in the natural way a horse should move. My mare was sidepassing, doing flying lead changes, rollbacks, halfpass, had correct cadence for each gait and more. He also made all his horses learn to stand hobbled. Huddy made me a rope hobble out of an old cotton lead rope. I use this tool today on all of my other horse. I can’t tell you what an invaluable tool this is.
Huddy had been having trouble with his hip. He kept putting off the surgery he knew he needed. He just didn’t want to be off a horse very long. He finally had to give in to pain. After the recuperation, I saw him again at another horse show. I asked how he was doing. He replied that if had just know how well the surgery had gone and how much better his hip was, he would have done it a long time ago. I’m not real sure just how long Huddy was actually off a horse, but I’ll bet he was riding just as soon as the doctor said it was ok if not before.
Huddy touched a lot of people. He helped a lot horses overcome problems and started many young horses out on the correct 4 feet. He trained many riders. He passed his knowledge to anyone who would listen. How much better a horseman would I have been if I had known him earlier in my life.
Huddy passed away July 29, 2006. The horse industry lost a treasure that can never be replaced. They just don’t make them like Huddy anymore. I hope there are horses in Heaven because I can’t think of him wanting anything esle.
Huddy . . . . you will be missed terribly. You were greatly loved by all.
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