The joy of owning and operating a boarding business is personally very rewarding. There are wonderful people like Vixen, Ryan and Jamie who travel hundreds of miles from Oregon and Washington. They enthusiastically share their experiences about taming and training the Mustangs for Extreme Mustang Makeover. There are friendly people who travel to all kinds of competitions like the McMorris' and their powerful jumpers from Texas. Also, it was fun to see St. Croix Training Center circle their "wagons" and fellowship after a long haul from New Mexico. They made us feel more like guests.
We had the quiet cowboy taking his horses to cutting competition from Texas. We also enjoyed having barrel racer Julie Johnson spend the night while traveling with her sweet dad and horse from New Mexico headed home to Ohio. The Anhauser-Busch Clydesdale horses and famous dalmation Bud made a layover. Their handlers hussled to get the gentle giants to their stalls. These men did not miss a step. They were polite and professional even out of the public eye.
I have seen the love all of our guests display for the horses they were transporting and that their
horses were all handled with care and respect.
What I have learned is that "A HORSE IS A HORSE OF COURSE". I have had Arabians, Drafts, Mules, Mustangs, Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Minitures board with me. The beauty of the horse is in the diversity of the breeds. I no longer have a favorite breed. All horses are beautiful. All horses deserve to be treated with kindness, trained and managed in a manner that doesn't break that spirit that the Lord placed in His noble animal. He knew we would be crazy about them!