Horse training is only a portion of my life. Another portion is farming. Today was a big day at the farm. My pigs got slaughtered and it this is never easy. Since I decide to eat meat, I feel I should raise most of what I can myself, to insure that these animals get a great life and a good death.
After dealing with a slaughterhouse that did not leave me with great feelings. I found a man that does it right at my house. He and his son are very professional, nice and good spirited. My pigs did not have any stress, and neither did I.
I don't feel this is neccessary for everyone, but as long as I am willing, I want to do it.
The end of my day was sending a young horse home to be with his owner. I was very proud to watch my "student horse" safely negotiate terrain with his owner on his back. He even impressed me more when he lead the way on a trail he had never been on. I never got a picture of him or him being ridden by his owner. This is always an afterthought. But the smiles and hugs I will remember forever.