Original Post: 5 July 2011

Prompt: You must start your entry with this sentence: “You sure you want to do that, chief?”

“You sure you want to do that, Chief?” Tori asked the dark bay horse, as she felt his body tense under her. The horse just rolled his eyes and leapt in to the air, kicking out his hind feet. After repeating the bucks a few more times, the horse stopped. He stood there breathing hard. Tori reached over from the saddle and petted his sweaty neck.

“I don’t know why you think we need to go through this every time we ride. We have been doing this for weeks.” Tori sat up in the saddle and gently asked Chief to move forward. With a big sigh, the gelding started walking. “See, this isn’t as bad as you make it out to be.”

After working with Chief for thirty minutes, Tori dismounted and walked to the arena entrance. Chase stood there leaning on the gate watching her.

“I can’t believe he pulled that bucking stunt again.” Chase said as he opened the gate for the pair.

“But we are making improvements. This time he only bucked 4 times. That is fewer than the previous time I rode him.” Tori stopped outside of the gate to wait for Chase. “Hopefully in the next few weeks, Chief will decide that bucking is stupid.” Chase rolled his eyes as they walked to the barn to put the horse away.