My goal is to be published by spring of 2014...we'll see if that happens.
As soon as I get my cover done, I'll post it here for you all to see.
I've been doing some work with Charlie and got all the way on him the other day. We walked and trotted around the round pen for awhile...he kept sticking his head between his legs and alternately rounding or hollowing his back. I just pushed him forward and pulled his head up. I felt pretty comfortable with his attitude, so I asked him to lope. He went about five steps and gave a buck. I yanked his head up and gave him a slap, then pushed him forward again. We loped around the pen about 7 or 8 times and he did fine.
We're probably going to the orchard to compete on Wednesday for the first time and we're going to take him with us. Jeff, one of the guys there, is going to ride him in for us. Depending on how Charlie does then, we might consign him to the cowhorse sale there in two weeks. Even if we don't consign him, we'll go spend the day watching. That's always a lot of fun.
The other day, Levi, Lydia and I had our horses in the round pen and we were pretending to sort cattle. That was fun! Then I was running around the outside of the ring on Smoke and Levi started pretending I was an outlaw and trying to catch me. We played at that until Maggie was too tired to keep chasing me!
Levi and I got into the center and started square dancing with our horses! That was pretty neat! I put Smoke's head by Maggie's hindquarters and vice versa. Then I moved Smoke's hindquarters over which moved Maggie's shoulders, then I did the opposite with Smoke's shoulders. We weren't really square dancing, but it was fun to try. I like it when we have something specific to do...it makes it more interesting.
Well, we're at the auction hall for pickup right now and I've got a customer.