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Phillip Coffey - Reflections

By Phillip Coffey
Riding my racking pony up and down the familiar ridges
All lathered up with our reflections - often with no livery stable.
"Cracker Jack" suddenly got peeved -'tossed far from the saddle'.
Straightening myself up, taking it all in- alone when I am able.

Sailing along through the gales with my new chosen, running mate.
Been a lot of 'toughies, well -together we were' right there in it.'
Wife and I proceeding, slowly - definitely no more running gait.
Walking and strolling, peacefully together- through the pearly gates.
"Cracker Jack" was my ride for probably about five years.


Uncle Raymond Coffey and I were at the Edmonton Stockyard. I was with him with plans to buy a pony. Dad showed up unexpectedly and sat beside us. They were selling livestock. Dad pointed at the pony being auctioned and said ,'why don't you buy that one?' I did. Broke him to ride well.

One day I was riding him and I thought, "I am going to try to break him to rack". I was successful. I went inside and told my Mom and Dad,'Come and see what I have done'.

I rode him up and down the gravel road in front of the house. Best riding pony or horse I have ridden by far in my life. (I have ridden everything from a Jenny to Thoroughbreds).

Only time in my life I recall saying to my parents, "Come and see what I have done'. He never tossed me; I just outgrew him - metaphor. Decades later Doug Breeding whom I have known since before 'Cracker Jack' recalled my 'racking pony' with a smile.


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