Love letter to Hank

Oh Dear.... How to Explain Hank? Well, to start it all off he's a Buckskin with a little Red Roan mixed in, and he's 4 years old. He's a Registered Appendix Quarter Horse. I bought him in July of 2001, and I'm plannin on havin him the rest of his life.Oh Dear.... How to Explain Hank? Well, to start it all off he's a Buckskin with a little Red Roan mixed in, and he's 4 years old. He's a Registered Appendix Quarter Horse. I bought him in July of 2001, and I'm plannin on havin him the rest of his life.

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Oh Dear…. How to Explain Hank? Well, to start it all off he’s a Buckskin with a little Red Roan mixed in, and he’s 4 years old. He’s a Registered Appendix Quarter Horse. I bought him in July of 2001, and I’m plannin on havin him the rest of his life.

With Hank I don’t really have any story about how I rescued him from and abusing owner, or nursed him back to health, but for how amazing Hank is, I don’t need a story like that.

I had been looking for a horse to train for barrels and poles since my other horse Sunny was getting pretty old. My dad didn’t agree, I guess he thought Sunny’s energy would never run out, (it still hasn’t, I still compete on Sunny), but I know he can’t do it forever. When I told my dad about the horse that I had found for sale or trade on www.equine.com he kinda just ignored the thought of another horse.

He would look at the picture and say " Ya, he’s pretty nice, so what are we gunna have for dinner?" U know…just stuff to get off the subject of another horse…. well, to me Hank wasn’t just another horse, he was my future. So I begged my dad, and called Hanks owner, and on July 27 we went to Woodward Oklahoma and looked at Hank.

I was so excited!!! We pull up to the rodeo arena where we are lookin at Hank, and the guy is riding him in the arena. At the time Hank wasn’t trained to neckrein and didn’t have very much flex.. I mean he had just hardly turned 3, I guess my dad was expecting miracles because he said something like " Looks like he’s pretty stubborn."

It didn’t matter to me wether he was stubborn or not….I was determined to be this horses owner and friend no matter how he acted. Well, we talked to Hanks owner for awhile, (seemed like hours) then I finally got to test ride Hank. We walked right by a sprinkler and it sprayed on his legs and he walked through it like a pro, and for a 3 year old thats pretty good, at least I think so. Well, I got Hank out in the arena and walked him around a few times. A few minutes later when I began trotting I was amazed at how smooth his trot was. He seemed to float around the arena.

We only loped a little bit because by that time I was completely convinced I loved this horse. Well, now the only part was making sure that Hanks owner liked the horse that we brought along to trade for Hank. He did! I was so happy….I was on cloud nine for weeks. Hank wasn’t a really affectionate horse when we got him. He would rather stand out in his pen than be brushed or petted on. This didn’t upset me becuase Sunny was the same way, but I wanted to be buddy’s with Hank so I tried everything. From feeding and brushin in the pen the whole first week I had him… No riding… just quality time. Well that didn’t work.

Hank just hated that more it seemed like. So I began to give up….i just started riding and working him on neck reining and went about his training. Well, Hank must just really love his job, becasue it wasn’t till we started working that he would start being affectionate. Now Hank is always affectionate and friendly, but only to me… he dosen’t seem to like everyone else. I think it’s because I’m the rider and owner and he knows it. He loves to show off for everyone, but he dosen’t warm up to everyone in his audience. Well, if you are in the Northwest Oklahoma area, look for Me and Hank. Once you’ve seen him I promise you won’t forget him!!

He’s definately one of a kind. I’m planning in running him in some small rodeos this summer, so watch for us.

I love U Hank.

Love your owner,
Salina
North Central Oklahoma