I knew to be successful with Bubba I would need to condition his body as though he were an Olympic athlete. But more importantly I would need to keep the spark I saw in his eye burning bright. Our training sessions became a time of great joy for both of us. I did much of Bubbas training on the trail with real life obstacles, which helped to keep his mind engaged. For both of us life became a giant playpen.
Bubba has had a hugely successful show career with many world, national and state titles to his credit in a multitude of versatile events, from rail classes, jumping, reining, gymkhana events to team penning, etc. Bubba loved showing and to this day if he sees an open trailer he climbs right in. As much as Bubba loved the spot light and the attention the show ring brought, the trail riding is still his favorite pass time. Even to this very day, heading back home he does the opposite of many horses and does not increase his speed or energy but actually takes on a snails pace when heading in.
Bubba still leads a moderaly active life and when
I am not traveling he is still teaching others through lessons from youths
to adults. When I can sneak away, he and I head for hills and ride the
trails where we renew our youth. What a great adventure it has been!
Bubba has always given more than a 100 percent of himself. I am grateful
for how forgiving he has always been of my mistakes. In the challenging
world of horse training one learns that to be a great trainer you have
to become a student of the horse. I could not have had a better master
It's a glorious gift I have been given in this horse. Never take one precious moment for granted and most of all:
Live well, Laugh often, Love much.