Slip Slidin’

 photo by Matt Cohen   

photo by Matt Cohen

 

Some guys won’t run in the mud. They turn out. But that just gives the rest of us more of a chance.

by Erich Rogers

Me and Clint Summers were up at Dickinson, North Dakota, over the weekend. It was a muddy mess.

When it’s muddy like that, it affects how you approach a run. Overall, you know times might be a little slower. Everyone is going to watch out for their horses’ legs. You don’t want to slip and fall, but you also need to mentally block out the mud, or you’ll end up holding back. Some guys won’t run in the mud. They turn out. But that just gives the rest of us more of a chance.

It worked to our advantage, I guess. We split second and third with a time of 5.5.

The mud creates extra work when you’re done. You get back to the trailer and start taking things off your horses, wiping them down—hosing them down if need be—and hoping your next washing machine is a hardy one. You better make sure your horse’s boots are clean, too. You don’t want any leg problems, especially over Cowboy Christmas, because you decided not to clean them thoroughly.

Still, it’s kind of like a big kid fun day. You’re in it to win, but it’s kind of hard not to enjoy playing in the mud.  

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