Where Beau was a dark bay and Quincy a classic sorrel, Buck is tall, rangy and dappled grey. He comes from the Flying X 6 line which are cow horses. He has a confirmation issue in front where one of his feet is turned in; so he was not good for roping and cutting. Due to his loving nature, he became a favorite of the family where he was raised and trained. They sold him only on the condition that he be returned rather than sold again. They interviewed potential buyers to be sure he went to a good home when he was put up for sale.
His recent owner had a restaurant in Santa Fe, NM and Buck’s barn name was Buckwheat. He never seemed like a Buckwheat to me, so he became plain Buck on the trip home to our place. When he turned out to be such a bully, the name Buck seemed a better fit anyway.
I always think of Buck as a cowboy at heart. The first time I ever took him to the chiropractor, he looked at me and the chiropractor like he thought this was really strange! On the other hand, the first time I rode him out, we ran into a rattlesnake that actually rattled at us and he just took a sideways step and kept going. He was good on the trail.
Not long after I got Buck, I decided to start our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program. My experience fostering had introduced me to horse rescue so I rescued three retired ranch horses. They became Quincy’s pals and the four of them worked with clients as a herd. Buck still could not be trusted around the other horses and had to stay off in the round pen by himself when they were doing therapy.
After some experiments, I discovered that Buck was a great therapy horse for working one to one with clients on special exercises. His love of people meant that he would approach a client and this was so helpful for kids and adults who were too scared, shy or depressed to reach out. He was a natural doing the EAGALA ground tying exercise. He would look the client right in the eye and stay engaged, but he would always take a few steps until they were firm and strong.
As the years passed Buck became the head horse in our barn. As with all good Quarter Horses, he can just about do anything