Steph and I have been taking the long road with Cibolo, who has been having issues with trailering. He needed to go to the vet, and I had to take Lily anyway, so we planned the trip together.
Cibolo has been shooting out of trailers lately. It's scary for everybody. So we spent quite a bit of time just getting in and being comfortable in the trailer.
Then, a few days later, I offered to help Janis with her horse, who had had a terrible trailering experience when he made the trip to Texas from New Mexico. He needed to get over it so he could get back to loading safely.
I like working on trailering. It's slow. It requires you to stay quiet and calm. With Cibolo, it was all about waiting for his release in the trailer. Then it was about getting him to self load, which always makes him more confident.
With Gallo, Janis' horse, it was about waiting him out, saving the reward for the smallest try. Like the try of Looking At The Trailer. Then the try of Sniffing the Trailer. Then the try of Sticking My Head in the Trailer. Then One Hoof In. And, suddenly, the Whole Horse In.
It took an hour. Nobody yelled. Nobody waved plastic bags on sticks. Nobody got smacked.
Both need several sessions of work, it's the kind of work I look forward to. I'm probably the only person in the world that finds this kind of training relaxing...
I've been traveling an inordinate amount of time lately. Horse time has been limited. But I do have one project almost done that I need your help with.
Years ago I wrote a book. It was picked up by an agent who loved it, but it never found a publisher. Then life got busy, I made a few changes, had a few more folks read it and tell me they loved it.
Anyway, I've decided it's time to get it out, and I need your help deciding on a cover. They are very similar, but I can quite settle on a single one! (For now, I'm not going to tell you what the book is about, but in a few days, I'll spill the beans. The e-book will be available soon, hopefully by Thanksgiving.)
Here are the four covers:
So, let me know in the comments which version you like best! :)