I have never known many horses. But the ones I have known have filled my heart with a love for them. There are few things in this world that are more fascinating and beautiful than a horse.
Of course as a boy Cowboys were my heroes. I believe Gene Autry rode Champion. Roy Rogers of course rode Trigger, everyone knows that. And if you are a regular here, you know I once rode Trigger when I was 7 years old.
Saturday morning always brought a cowboy story into my life. There was Rex Allen, the only REAL cowboy of the singing cowboys he rode Ko-ko.
Allen Rocky Lane rode Black Jack
Old Andy Divine rode Joker.
Bob Steele rode Brownie
Dale Evans rode Buttermilk
Cisco, ah he rode Diablo
Pancho rode Loco. hey this one I met on tour also, but I did not get to ride him. I remember it because Leo Carrillo was on tour the same year Kennedy was assassinated. A very nice person. I have often wondered what happened to him.
Gabby Hayes rode Calico. Our Local Cowboy Fred Kirby (who tried out for the part that Roy rogers won) rode a Calico also.
Marshal Dillon rode Buck.
Johnny Mack Brown rode Rebel
Lash Larue rode Black Diamond
Monte Hale rode Lighting
Tom Mix rode ‘Ole Blue’
As much as I wanted a horse of course a preacher’s son could never have one, we moved too often. Once my friend Von Dale (whose family had owned horses) and I were wandering around the woods and come upon a pasture. Several horses were close by and Von Dale started talking to them and was petting them. He said, “Wanna Ride?” I thought ‘has a cat got a climbing gear?’ “Sure but we ain’t got a saddle.”
His reply, “Indians didn’t either I will show you.” He grabbed some mane and swung upon the horse. I couldn’t be out done, I done the same.
The horses were very gentle and we could guide them with our knees. Boy what a trip. Probably the greatest thrill I every had. I was probably 10 years old.
Then there was Frank, that I mentioned when talking about Bub & Jim Page.
I love to read about Darsie, daughter of Darla who posts here. She works with Horses.
Once in New York Sherry and I stopped by a harness track where the drivers were working the horses. I got a charge out of that.
(These horses are pastured beside our RV park in Wildwood Florida.)
This stretched too long.
Sometimes a horse needs a ride!
I carried two animal pictures in my wallet. man-o-war and Ace my cocker Spaniel.
Now honestly if asked my favorite candy, it would be the Mars Bar.