Roger Thompson: Horsin’ Around 12-27-10
Fort Collins, Colo.
Well I made a big mistake and I want to apologize. Seems like I misunderstood what my friend Gail Meisner told me about the boots and leg wrapping for horses being worked. She called me after reading my article and told me that she did not recommend using leg boots all the time, only when there is an injury to the leg and to prevent the horse from interfering with the other foot.
I had wondered about the leg boots but have lived long enough to know that new studies come up every day which make the things we used to do incorrect. So, I apologize to Gail for that mistake and telling you that you should keep the boots on all the time. What she did tell me is that the boots actually weaken the leg if left on over long periods.
With that all behind me I want to tell you about a time when I was also humbled a great deal. I was on the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department and though I tried my best to be fair with everyone, I had developed a reputation for being one of the toughest. I didn’t take any guff off anyone and many tried me. Even though I was not a big man, I had gone through the FBI’s self-defense two-week course, which taught me a bunch of moves.
Most of the guys I tangled with were in the bars and pretty well oiled, which made them not as capable of fighting well. But with the training received by the FBI, I was able to hold my own. So every where I went the bad guys gave me a wide birth. I tried not to be too puffed up about it but my reputation perceived me.
By then the county built a unit that involved the BV fire department, BV police department and the sheriff’s department, and we all worked in unison as well as becoming good friends among the men in the departments.
Then the chief of police came to me and asked me to deliver a care package to a family down on their luck. I tried to refuse but he insisted. So I loaded the boxes in my parole car, looked up the address and drove over there. I didn’t know what to expect when I knocked on the door, so I unsnapped the strap on my pistol.
The door opened and a lady with a bunch of kids greeted me. When I asked if this was the correct address, she looked at me with a withering look.
I told her it was a care package from the town of Buena Vista and opened my back door. As she stepped in the door, she turned with a smile on her face and thanked me. Then the kids all came to the door and did the same.
I drove home that night with a whole different attitude.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.