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"You did not. You never loaded him in
your life or in his," said the voice. "And
you still can't."
"So what do I do now?"
"Sit down," said the voice. "Take a
load off. Be still. Think,"
So sitting on the trailer floor staring
at Blue, I began to think. And I thought
about... When the horse won't load, we
all do the same thing. We get nervous.
Our mind turns to fear that we might
now be late because of this delay. (We
get in exactly the same frame of mind
we do when the plane is going down.)
After all, we must be on time for the
(insert here) barrel racing, cutting, team
penning, roping or trail ride. We must
arrive before the event starts. Even if we
are finished with the event and the horse
won't load, we might - God forbid - be
late getting home. The moment we see
the horse failing to load...we get in a
hurry. We need to load that horse right
now! And that is all we think about. That
creates resistance.
But thank goodness there is always
someone there who "knows how" to
load the horse. He lives in every town
and he has many names. In my town, his
name is "Mad Dog." I like Mad. He's
my neighbor. I think he means well, but
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politics and the local school board, lake
levels, what America oughta' do in the
Middle East, and everything else. And
he most of all, he knows how to load
a horse. (The fact that none of Mad's
horses ever load well goes completely
unnoticed.) When our horse won't load,
Mad Dog is always around and he takes
command immediately.
"Okay, now," he says in a loud voice.
"I'll take the horse up here by the trailer
and all of you get behind him. Okay,
now start walking toward him...that's
it. Put some pressure on him. Harold
Wayne, you pop him on the butt there
with that quirt if he won't go in. We
have to load him 'cause if he won't
load right now, he won't ever go in the
trailer again until the Lord himself
comes back to take us all home. That
horse will learn he doesn't have to do
what we say, and we surely don't want
him to learn that!" Then everybody
begins marching toward the horse like
a platoon of Roman soldiers and we
have a 30 to 45 minute fight with the
horse. Once done - if we get done -
everybody is sweaty, nervous and mad.
And we know the maddest one of all...
the horse.
Of course the reason I know such
much about all this is because I've done
all those things more than anybody. I've

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used pressure, force, rope-around-the
butt, paddles with rattles, sticks, quirts,
yelling, waving arms, and whacking
with a rope countless times. But on this
day, I continued to wonder why? Why
did I ever do all that? And the thought
came again...why was Blue doing what
he was doing? Why would a horse do
something so willingly for over a decade
and then suddenly refuse to do it?
"Who knows?" said the voice. "It's not
important! What is important is that we
wonder WHY?"
As I kept sitting there on that trailer
floor thinking, I became aware of
the strangest thing... I was no longer
focused on loading Blue. And I began
to see I had never loaded Blue - never
in my life. Blue always loaded himself.
And then the most painful thought
of all came - and it really bothered me.
"Mad Dog's not here. Oh my. Oh my.
I am."
"THERE YOU GO, BUBBA!"
shouted the little voice.
"Let's go the barn, Blue," I said to him.
Once there, I filled the bucket with feed.
Back to the trailer we went. Standing.
Staring. And I said, "Blue Man, if you
will put one foot on this trailer floor,
I will give you a bite of this feed." For
27 minutes, Blue stood still as a stone.
I knew he was coming. I knew it in the
bottom of my soles and in the bottom
of my soul. For the whole time, I knew
he was coming. How? Why? Because
I stopped trying to load him, and made
sure he wasn't afraid - like I did long
ago. I gave him all the time in the world
and just wanted him to know I loved
him so.
And Blue said, "Are you kiddin,' Pop?
I want the whole bucket!"
And then...my precious Blue walked
up in the trailer with me.
I looked outside. The sun was shining. Kinda' warm for January. Such a
cute day.
"But what do I do?"
"I don't know. Use all that love you
have for him."
-Greg Dial, Horse Trainer, Lampasas,
Texas


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2017

From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Locating Plastic Pipe
The Value of VRWA
Portable Ladder Safety
The Chesapeake Bay
These Boots Are Made For...What?
RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 3
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 4
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 5
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 6
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - 8
Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Locating Plastic Pipe
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - 24
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Value of VRWA
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Portable Ladder Safety
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Chesapeake Bay
Streamline - Summer 2017 - These Boots Are Made For...What?
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 29
Streamline - Summer 2017 - RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 31
Streamline - Summer 2017 - SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 33
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 34
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 36
Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 38
Streamline - Summer 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Committees
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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