Without a good Mom there would be no good dads..

Hello Friends,

Here’s a little something about how I look at fathers day.. Perhaps you will like it.

From Equiknowlogy 101…

Epilogue

 

My Mentor… And a true Master of Equiknowlogy and life…

One of my most important teachers and mentors is one very special horse woman. She is not a famous trainer or an all knowing horse guru. But she is one of the most knowledgeable people on this planet as far as I am concerned. She grew up in the city and moved to a ranch and knows her fair share about horses mind you but to become a true Master of Equiknowlogy it takes “Just a Bit More Knowledge” which she has in abundance.

  She has made her mark in life by always being the one… You could go to with questions or just have some fun… She knew about most things but didn’t try to impress. With carrot sticks or rings… or candy and bull and other neat little things. She seemed to always have an answer. Perhaps not the one you wanted, but it came from the heart…And she wouldn’t tell you you’re just not too smart…

  She’s raised a good family of fine horseman and women… To do the good things she taught them, to be good people, and friends, and life is worth livin… And the knowledge you have is not meant for savin, getting rich, or for fame, it’s just meant for givin… to help others down the road of life they are pavin.

  She’s taken in the strays that had no place to go…And no one to turn too or weed patch to hoe. And given her time, love, and mothering… With no expectations at all… But perhaps add to her family of critters and the kids pics on the wall.

  I never heard a bad word cross this woman’s lips… Except when the cat crapped in the tub or we came home one night after getting a little too friendly some guy named Schlitz… She truly lived and taught me to just say a good word, and don’t flip them idiots the one finger bird…

  Her memory and wisdom are like a steel trap. Always ready to snare the uneducated chap and teach a few things to another poor sap. A little something about life and how we should live it and how not to sweat all the other small crap…

  She has earned the respect of horses and men a lot tougher then she… But she can get pretty darn big, for just a bit more of less of just five foot, and three… She did it with compassion and knowledge and sometimes the whip. But never has she needed much more than her wit…

  She taught me to forgive and forget the people or problems and just do what you do and enjoy life for you and by all means don’t rob em…

  Yes I’ve learned a lot from this one woman you know, and it’s not from her books or her great TV show… It’s the lessons of life and how to behave, and just keep on learning most every day.

  Yes she is the master, the all knowing one, that can make a lot of good horseman and trainers just tremble and run…
And all that is needed is to rear up on her hinds and pet on my head…

 And say you’re grounded my son, now off to bed!

Thanks Ma!

I hope I can live up to your love, the things you have taught me and your wisdom…

About Smokie

Smokie Brannaman grew up on a 5000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana. Working with horses, cattle and rodeoing as a professional trick roper was his way of life as a youngster. Upon graduating from high school, Smokie chose to serve his country in the United State Coast Guard. Although his military duties did not always allow much time to spend with his horses, he never the less, rode and trained horses of his own and others throughout his military career. Smokie retired in 2000 from the Coast Guard and worked as a Corporate Operations Manager for a security company. But he soon realized that his true enjoyment came from being around horses, training, riding and helping others with their horses. After working for 2 years as a stable manager for a large boarding stable, Smokie hired on at Ots Sunrise Farm to work with the young horses halter breaking, ground work and starting horses under saddle to progress to more advanced training. Smokie started his own business, Horseman’s Services Limited, llc in 2006 and now works full time as an educator of the horse and rider. Smokie utilizes the training methods of his brother Buck Brannaman, Jeff Griffith, and others, as well as his own techniques learned during a lifetime of working with horses. Smokie is a published author of two books about horses and their riders, Whisper This… Not to your horse, to yourself, and his newest book Equiknowlogy 101… and numerous horse training DVDs. Smokie lives in Greenleaf Wisconsin with his sweetie Vickie, and has three grown children, Kat, Travis and Jason. He raises and trains registered quarter horses of his own, which he uses as, Cavalry horses for his hobby, Civil War reenacting, and performing in Wild West Shows throughout the Midwest.

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