Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 2-28-11
Many times, gentle readers, when someone asks me how am I doing, I respond, “Two thumbs up!” Meaning of course, that I’m doing quite well. I have to give a few “two thumbs up” in this column for accomplishments I think are worthy of “two thumbs up!”
I had mentioned a while back that I was considering a difficult task for an old guy and that was to try and swim 66 (25-meter) laps in the cement pond. I have to tell ya that I almost broke my arm patting myself on the back when I did exactly that a week ago! That’s a mile!
I want to give another mention to my sweetheart of a daughter, Sunni, who got bucked off her colt big time this past week. Between her and I, we had ridden this big ol’ colt, 16 hands and over 1,300 pounds, quite a bit through the summer and when we could this winter. He had given me the impression in the past eight months that we have had him that he was a good minded gentle horse. Not to be I reckon. We had ridden about a mile and a half from the house and had our ponies in a running walk when I suggested we hit a lope to go up a small hill. I broke into a lope on my ol’ fat paint, Howdy, and her horse broke into gallop with no warning at all. Children, this big ol’ colt can get off the ground. She managed a couple of jumps but never could grab the back of the cantle before she was bucked off hard, but “two thumbs up” Sunni for stayin’ that long.
Did ya hear about the grandmother that gave birth to her own grandson? I ain’t making this up! This 60-year-old woman was inseminated with her son-in-law’s sperm and gave birth to a beautiful grandbaby for her daughter who couldn’t have children. “Two thumbs up!”
I have to give “two thumbs up” to the folks in Egypt for staying the course and hopefully winning some freedoms that they may never had had in their lifetime.
“Two thumbs up” to you gentle readers who have made the Fence Post such a large success when so many papers and magazines are closing their doors.
Well, I’m goin’ dancin’ tonight with a really cute and sweet elementary principal, so another “two thumbs up” for me.
As an afterthought, I did mount that bronc when we got back home and put him through some figure eights and what not at a lope. He wasn’t thrilled at all but at least he didn’t try to buck me off. At present he is on a large ranch where a horse gets rode lots and lots of miles.
Stay tuned my friends, check yer cinch on occasion and remember that a seemingly gentle horse can hurt you bad faster than you can say, “please don’t!”
Stay tuned and I’ll c. ya’ll, all ya’ll!
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This the first in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource.