After Limkin's April 29, 2010 article "How Cowboys Tame the Blues" I was left scratching my head at the contradictions that Limkin found "theraputic". Limkin visits a dirt patch "cowboy" called Gus Jolley along with his abused horse called Promise for a theraputic experience to assist in Limkin's issues that he retained from his combat experience. Jolley cautioned Limkin that the horse was a "biter" and "not to turn your back on her". Not the best kind of horse to have seasoned hands working with let alone a veteran with no experience with horses at all. Jolley further explains his masterful technique of punching Promise in the nose and letting her "think about it" in response to when she does bite someone. He adds that he only has to do this occasionally though. What a relief Promise has from his previous abuser! Abusive behavior and the techniques that Jolley uses are things that REAL cowboys don't endorse. As a lifelong horse breeder and trainer I can say that this poor horse and his poor excuse for a trainer needs to re-think his irresponsibility to his animal, his self and most importantly to our veterans he is placing in unpredictable danger.
J.R. Smith Jr.