Jimmie Hardin Quarter Horses in Aubrey, Texas
Shiners Fannin Pepto, my one-year-old colt, is being ground trained and fit for the Summer Sale at Triangle Sales, Shawnee, Oklahoma, on June 5, 2010.
I took him as far as I could in ground training, but it was time to send him to Jimmie Hardin Quarter Horses in Aubrey, Texas, for training and conditioning for sale.
I went up to Aubrey, Texas, yesterday, to see Jimmie and Shiney.
I hardly recognized him since he has a month’s growth since I last saw him. But, that’s not all. He has been groomed and taught manners. He stands on his four feet in a show pose and is learning to trot with Peppy, his trainer, and Jimmie.
Jimmie Hardin has been Aubrey, Texas, for several decades, building upon the horse business of her father. The little town of Aubrey has grown up around her. Jimmie’s corrals border the Aubrey High School and a Sonic drive-in is just down the street. She says that nowadays land is selling by the square foot.
Jimmie told me to go up to Shawnee on the third of June, settle Shiney into his stall and have him presented for passers-by when they come and look on Friday, the day before the Saturday sale. She is going to purchase a leather halter and stud chain for Shiney to look his best. There will be a bit of silver on the halter to sparkle. I want him to look his best and that means leather halter.
Equine Body History
Horsewoman Hardin said that Shiney has taken a real liking to Peppy, the handler with whom you see in the photograph. Peppy grooms and trots Shiney. They have a bond together. The treatment that Jimmie and Peppy give to my colt will engender confidence in him to trust humans and know that their touch will be kind and never hurtful. With older horses, like my Star (levitating horse in winter), you can discern the history of treatment to them. Ears, feet and flanks of the equine body embed the treatment of years past and one can see kind firmness, but also mistreatment and mistakes. Experienced horsemen and horsewomen can pick up the history. Monty Roberts, a famous horse trainer, can discern the equine-body history rapidly in the round pen and corral.
The Hardin Way
It is important for humans and horses alike to respect the other. It will insure a long and happy life for both. The Hardin Way develops the horse and provides the human with a well-mannered companion.