The SPS hates cow poop, she says it is stinky and messy-I agree with her 100%. The other thing she hates is that even when it looks dried it isn't. Nope you step on it and underneath that dried crust is a gooey layer that promptly clings to your footwear never to come off. So her solution is to avoid stepping on any cow poop. Seems to me this is a reasonable solution and it is one I use when it comes to mud. Now the SPS understands why I don't want to step in a mud puddle, she knows I have no way of knowing how deep that puddle is. But she gets all irritated with me when I won't step on dried mud. I sit and spin, taking off in the opposite direction of the mud-trying to make it very clear to the SPS that stepping on dried mud is a bad idea. You think with her experience with cow poop she would understand, humans can be so dense sometimes. Yes, on the surface the puddle seems to be dried and safe to step on...but underneath lurks this goo that is ready to suck a horse's hoof right in up to its knees trapping it forever. The SPS can kick me, spank me, growl at me all she wants I am not stepping on it anymore than she would purposely go out and walk around the pasture stepping on cow poop. I think I finally taught the SPS this lesson, now she just politely asks me to go around the dried mud and I oblige her willingly. I just wish she isn't so hard to teach, sometimes it takes days to get something through to her. Oh well at least she is trainable. Tue ne cede malissed contra audentiorito (Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them)
Somewhere far away from the civilized world, The Wilds of Washington State
Sir Darby is a 20 year old appaloosa /Percheron cross. A royal horse who has been displaced and is now living at a working ranch. He is training his SPS (special personal servant) the proper care and handling of a royal horse.