Shiners Fannin Peppy, “Fanny,” came back to Flying Hat yesterday. At the hands of Duncan Steele-Park, her teacher, she has had three months of the best training I could afford. Fanny will be a excellent pleasure horse, a fair cutter and all-around riding horse. Duncan assessed Fanny: She’s a good horse, but in this high-dollar business of cutting horses, she could not compete at the super-athlete level that is required to succeed. I’m not a swimmer, either, he said, and I and you, Jack, have to play to her talents, to her disposition and behavior. It’s unfair to force her into being the athlete she is not.
I could not have asked for a better teacher for my horse. Let her be herself, play to her strengths. Fanny came back home and was welcomed by the remuda: they kicked and ran and whinnied, communicating excitement. I’ll have more photographs about Fanny, but for now, you’ll have to settle for the photograph above: myself, my companion.