It wasn't long, however, before George realized how special Mego was and decided to
train the paint gelding as a trick horse. While George had a lot of experience as a trick
roper and had even trained a Brahma Bull for rodeo acts, he felt Mego needed just a bit
more experience. He called up his friend, Rex Peterson, for advice. Rex willingly
passed on his knowledge, including many secrets learned from Glen Randall, the famed
trainer of Trigger.
The results were spectacular. Within approximately six weeks, Mego learned
most of the thirtysome tricks he performs. George hastens to point out that this approach
is not for everyone. "Most people ask for advice," he said, "and then don't follow it. I
did exactly what Rex said. I didn't add anything and I didn't take anything away."
George and Mego took their act onto the road. With George's background in rodeo, one
would expect them to perform there, but George found a very different sort of audience.
He and Mego work business conventions, performing for IBM, State Farm, and even,
Ross Perot. As many of these events are held at upscale hotels, Mego wears rubber
horseshoes to prevent his hooves from damaging the floors. "And," George adds, "Mego
is house broken."