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Beautys Son jumping


Respect and I were turned out together one day when Petey came to the paddock with an unfamiliar man. This man was even thinner than Petey, and older, his face hard and lined, like leather on a worn saddle.

“Both these horses can jump,” Petey said. “The mare is even scopier than the black horse, but her temperament is sour as a crabapple.” I remembered trying to eat a crabapple that had fallen to the ground when I was a colt. It looked like a little apple. My mother bared her teeth in laughter when she saw me spit it out.

The man nodded. His hair was a very pale blonde shade, like a clayback palomino. Suddenly, he bent down, picked up a whole handful of small sharp stones and threw them at us. One hit me right on my backbone, where the skin is thin. We both startled, then galloped away. Respect leaped straight into the air and humped her back, switching her long red tail at the same time.

Dr. Steve said I should only be hand walked while my feet were healing. Both front feet were badly bruised, although the right was worse. Adam or one of the little girls walked me for twenty minutes twice a day. Since it was cold weather and the rocky ground was icy, I had to be walked in the indoor.  The ring couldn’t be watered much in the cold, so it was even dustier than usual. Sometimes Adam, the girls and I coughed and coughed as we trudged around. It was so dusty that we couldn’t see from one end of the two hundred foot ring to the other. One day, when one of the girls was walking me at the far end, I heard the gate close at the other end, and I dimly saw someone leading a horse through the arena, toward another trainer’s aisle. The person looked familiar, and I strained to see.
Beautys Son Chapter 9

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