This summer Cross Creek Cattle Company is happy to have hired a local cowgirl to train and work with our horses. Rheaghan Pavlock is the newest member of our ranching operation. She has been around horses most of her life. She is a member of the Grimes County Mounted Posse along with my children. Rheaghan competes in Ranch Hand rodeos and speed events. She is looking forward to making some money and gaining more experience by working with our nine horses.
We have a variety of horses. From old faithful horses on which you can do anything to a young broke colt that needs to learn some manners. This colt needs a lot of attention and work to fine-tune his skills. We also have one mare that was abused in her past. She needs to learn to trust people. She has made progress in leaps and bounds since first coming here years ago, and we hope that this progress will continue.
Rheaghan is doing a great job so far. Riding, round penning, grooming, washing, feeding, cleaning stalls, cleaning the tack room, etc. are all responsibilities that she oversees. Her favorite part of the job is riding horses, of course. We have a variety of places to ride so it is always interesting. Creek bottoms, hills, wooded pastures, an arena, pens, and open pastures all make for fun rides. It is good for both horse and rider.
Just last week, Rheaghan was riding with my daughter, Kyla. They came up out of a creek, which happens to be in our wildlife refuge. Both the horses started snorting and side-stepping, which caught Rheaghan’s attention. She looked harder into the brushy overgrowth. There was a feral sow with ten piglets bedded down. The horses must have caught their scent. You never know what to expect around here.
Rheaghan finds Spur, our relatively young colt, the most challenging aspect of her job. He likes to challenge her authority, and she has to constantly remind him that she is the boss. Rheaghan hopes that by the summer’s end Spur will be a changed and better horse. She knows that she has to put a lot of hours under his feet to attain that goal.
A perk that she loves after a hard day’s work is a smoothie. Made out of homemade goat milk yogurt and frozen fruit, smoothies are a treat that make the heat feel more tolerable. When she is sweating in the sun, the thought of a smoothie in the afternoon keeps her going. I am glad that I can reward her hard work with something as simple as a smoothie. And, Cross Creek Cattle Company is glad that we have Rheaghan for the summer.