At the end of the 2012 Barrel Racing Season, I retired my horse, Gump. He isn’t old, at only 17, but he’s run a lot of miles in his life and his arthritis is pretty bad, despite my best efforts at keeping it at bay.
It’s been good though, because I’m riding Dino a lot more and I’ve got him started on the barrels. And of course there’s my gorgeous yellow horse Avie, who is a bad-cat when it comes to running barrels. I didn’t get to go a lot this past summer because if the pickup wasn’t broke down, the trailer had a broken door, or it rained or I had heifers to calve or what not. It was one thing after another and I’m sure the barrel racing gods meant for me to take the year off.