For those of you that don’t know my very good friend Rusty, who I grew up with and is like a brother to me, I have some bad news… My friend has taken ill and is in the battle of his life. Things are not on the high trail for my friend and he can use all the well wishes and prayers we can muster. Please take a moment to talk to the big guy up there and put in a good word for Rusty’s recovery. Thanks Smokie
I got a phone call from Rusty’s wife today and It’s looking like my friend and brother is on his last ride to meet the old man… I wish there was some power or wisdom I could muster up to change the realities of life and death but as true horseman know, all things happen for a reason an its up to us to figure out how to see the problem at hand and deal with it in the best way we can… with the knowledge and experiences we have learned through life with horses and people.
My friend Rusty was not a famous horseman or person of noted fame and fortune. He was just a man living life the best he could and trying to make life better for those around him. He gave of himself without regard to who’s gaining from it, how much money he could make, or who might get the credit. His knowledge and wisdom will not go down in the annuals of training history or be eulogized in a nationally televised memorial. But My friend was every bit as important to the folks he helped and those that knew and loved him as a friend as any one of the big time personalities that people idolize today. He is the true measure of a man and a horseman, and I hope I can carry on in his absence.. Have a good ride my friend and we will we see you in another pasture some day.