THE HORSES

RUSTY, ROCKY-RACCOON & STELLO
Man's best friend, "......... Yeah sure I can ride" ... I think they were my famous last words as I hit the ground busting my shoulder after falling of Porky-girl, and let me tell you I am not too proud to say that I was over 48 years old at that time and that was over three years ago.  I can now "Proudly" say that I can not only ride but I muster cattle with two cattle dogs and El Ranchero!  Coming of age only two months ago!

WORK? WHAT WORK ZZZzzzz ?
The truth was that I had not ridden a horse well ..... I think I was about twelve years old? Mmmmm ... that was a while ago Oh my, how time fly's? where did it go?  And then there was all this foreign language? .... "inside right" - "outside leg" - "stop leaning on her" - "pull her mouth up" ..... What the? ...... I had no idea what all this meant - I know how Maxi boy felt! 


EL RANCHERO'S TRUSTY STEAD - "PEDRO"

So it took El Ranchero's number two Son and his number one Daughter on different occasions, to teach me - usually whenever they were able to come and help us with mustering or for a visit, out of their busy lives - Bless them.  As their Daddy was a complete "Poo-head" - he would yell all this "stuff" at us both when we were in the arena practising. Porky-girl and I though; came through it together and now we are the the best of Friends forever.

MY REAL NAME IS AVILA - I JUST LOVE TO NIBBLE!
 She is so wonderfully patient - her life was with the Children when they were young and from what I hear they had wonderful adventures together.  So now Porky-girl and I are on our own adventures and I am happy to say at a slower pace too. 


And then there is Pedro - what a lovely boy he is, he's Spanish of course - Andalusian of course!  He does belong to Daughter number one, and was brought up here for a spell from Victoria, and ..... well, he never left!  El Ranchero and Pedro have not been separated since.  Mind you there was a "war of the wills" to start with and a lot of arguing as to "who was doing what"!  And quite a few adjectives thrown in by both parties.  And now to see Pedro and El Ranchero working together with the cattle and the dogs is just ................. wonderful! Man and Beast together.

Then there are the other too .... well we did have 12 Stock horses - though now we are down to six, the others left home to go off into the world and be Big Horses with family and friends.