Huh? What in the world does that mean? As I have said many times and I’ll say it again- there are no coincidences. Richard and I were spending a lovely day riding; enjoying laughter and great conversation, beautiful weather, chats on the phone with our moms, and I was enjoying my rare opportunity to ride Fiddle since Apache had the day off. (I just adore that long-eared girl!)
Then we noticed something sad- a coyote was laying out in the field we were passing and didn’t look normal. We watched it a minute, then it tried to get up. It was probably hit by a car because its back end didn’t work and it dragged itself a short distance and laid down again. We wanted to put it out of its misery, but didn’t dare fire a gun on private property… especially since the police in the area had recently checked Richard out just for carrying! So we decided to knock on the nearest door and see if they could take care of the c0yote. No one was home, so I left a note. Just as I was getting back on Fiddle, they drove in the driveway. So I went and told them about the coyote, then they gave me the number of a nearby rancher who was at the perfect distance for a day’s ride. (We are only able to get in about 15 miles a day right now because the sun goes down so early.) The rancher offered his corrals and hay.
When we got there, a young man named Colby came out to meet us. He rented the home adjacent to the corrals. He invited us in so we didn’t have to camp in the cold. We were inquiring about people he knew down the road who might be willing to let us stop to give the horses a rest. It had been 7 days in a row. He called his landlord who owned the corrals and they both offered to let us rest the horses there. Once again, we are truly blessed by the welcome we have received here in Eastern Colorado.
The horses have had a wonderful rest, their feet were trimmed, Richard and I actually got a little bit of time to just relax, we were introduced and able to promote Hearts Up Ranch at a local basketball game thanks to Colby, and we had a great time getting to know him too. It’s good we are heading out tomorrow though…. I am getting awfully attached to his friendly and playful kitten! I may just have to stick her in my saddle bags!