This horse is more curious than most. Real friendly sort. He’s full grown. Just acts like he’s 6 months old. The owner told me he wasn’t very broke. Didn’t quite understand right, left, go or stop. This proved true.
Some horses, you have to get onto if they don’t do right. Some horses, you can pony behind another till it catches the drift of what a horse is supposed to do. Some horses are just too smart for all of that. Young Dobbin didn’t care to follow a leader. Young Paintster didn’t care to do much except nose my right boot while I tried to turn right. Young Mirror Terror was so Not Upset by using a rein’s end to promote the learning of directions, that I think he’ll make a fine roping prospect. (I don’t slap ‘em. I like to spin that rein just off his head to get him to move away from it. Didn’t work.)
So, while my riding partner was laughing at my predicament, Young Palomentor and I were patiently learning each other. Not a buck. Not a spur. Not a rear. Not a strike. Just steady study. Like we were playing chess, or checkers. Two potential champions. No heavy breathing. No threats. Just study.
Well after about 20 minutes, the horse figured me out. If he went where I advised, he got his itch rubbed, soft words, and to really do whatever he wanted. Plus, grain and a massage. Plus, I clean all the tack. 4th ride. 1st with me. And I’m trained. What a good horse!
Happy Trails, Chucky T
Christmas Tip: Cowboy Hats For Children:
are some of the best choices for your child? Although some of us know
exactly what we need for the horse show, or rodeo, most parents might be
wondering what to do with all these selections. Some are really durable.
Some are really like Daddy's. Once we figure which hat, then we need to
figure the size, don’t we. Do you need to know about the shape of your
child’s head? What is a long oval or a regular oval, anyway?
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you are showing your horses, you know that a nice Stetson
Jr. hat will work. If you bend towards rodeo or buckaroo dress, then
Bailey / Renegade has a nice
selection of bound edge hats. Our children have usually grown up with
hats, and understand how to care for a hat like “Daddy’s”. Even if
they are too young to know, we put those hats on and take them off just
before natural curiosity makes a mess! Mine, when young, had both show
and everyday hats. (Seems they still do.)
you simply need a good hat for your child to play with, Western
Express makes a good alternative. Through them, Cultured Cowboy can
offer several popular colors in a sturdy child’s hat. The hat is made
from a plastic form that is covered with a polyester felt. Children can
pull down the sides, pop up their front, drop it, throw it, and with a
wire in the edge of the brim, it’s easy to shape the hat over and over
and brown are probably our most popular colors; but royal blue, white,
and pink can make a dream come true.
around the head with a tailor’s tape, or a string, where the hat
should rest. (You can then measure the string with a ruler.) We can
convert inches to sizes for you. With Children’s hats, many have
comfort bands inside. These comfort bands are elasticized and stretch to
fit most children, with a 1-Size hat. (This simplifies an order when
your grandchild is two states away.)
elastic comfort bands fit either rounded heads or long oval heads
easily. Look at the top of your child’s head. If it is longer from
front to back than side to side, it is a long oval. If the head looks
round, it needs a round oval. Yes, some heads are egg shaped and some
look almost square. God makes us all wonderfully, sometimes
you Email us a picture of your child’s face, we can even shape the
brim so that it best complements your child’s facial features. Then
pack it to ship. If you want to do this yourself, look at the jawline
and have the angles of the brim match the child’s jaw angles. This
Christmas, you can tie on a gold or green or red ribbon, around the
outside of the hat’s crown. A sprig of holly, cedar, or pine on the
left side can make dandy seasonal “Macaroni”. (Macaroni is the
ornamentation, like a feather, that sticks up, out of the outer hatband.
“Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it Macaroni”.) You
can tie your rope or ribbon at the back and let it trail off the rear
brim. I have often used a pony bead to fasten, or adorn the ribbons.
have even taken a “Santa Hat” and placed over the crown for
Christmas. This looks pretty good on an adult hat too.
Shipping & Handling on a hat has to do with size of box more than weight. You can usually ship 2 for the same price as 1. Depending on size of box and distance, S&H is $8.89 to $14.89 for most of the continental USA.
Sometimes, we’re too busy to “Christmas Up” our whole living area. So here are some tips we gathered for Christmas decorating, without losing your Cowboy flavor. Bring in one of your rodeo or ranch ropes. Coil it pretty. I added a wrap of green garland, but gold or silver will do as nicely. Hang some Montana Silver Ornaments, red berries, or whatever you have, around the strands. Tie a ribbon into a nice bow on the top or bottom.
Shannon gathered some large honeysuckle vines cut off our fence line, and wrapped them into an abstract wreath. (It won’t finish round, but looks better kinda ovaled anyway. Ditto the Christmas trim. We changed the trim for several seasons last year. The vine wreath looks like it’ll go another year.
Any cactus, or fichus, or other trees already in your home? Add some clear lights. Then add popcorn strings or whatever you like. Perhaps a roll or two of that ribbon with wire in each edge can roll from the top of the tree toward the bottom. Put a good topper on it and maybe some matching ribbon around the pot it’s in. There you go! After Christmas, the clear lights can stay to add romance to the room. (Better than a soft lamp!) - Dana
I take the fake sunflowers out of my kitchen and switch them with poinsettias. There is always mistletoe in an oak tree, so I shoot it out, or cut it off with my knife. (Depending on the height.) You might bake some Cowboy Cookies from the last newsletter and trade a plate to a tree surgeon, or logger, for some good mistletoe. Hang it right over the kitchen sink area. Best excuse in the world to make washing dishes more fun! Bright colors and a happy wife always make a guy happy to come home. - Joe
I saw one family take a tennis ball, cut one side out, spray paint it red, and put it on the mounted deer. Should work with elk, maybe buffalo.
Got a mud room, or an entry with pairs of dirty boots? What if you get some silk poinsettias and put a bunch in each boot top. Won’t they look sharp, all in a row!
Spray paint your old horseshoes and set them around. Put a nice candle in the center space, or a small Christmas ornament. Somebody said that paint was too much…just tie a nice ribbon about. I do keep a box of red candles that I like to use all over the place. (Romance again.) They’re good through Valentines Day! - Inez
We have been so silly for so many years. Cultured Cowboy didn’t carry these Christmas ornaments. We just carried the basic horses. Not any more. It’s more fun to have all the few-of-a-kind models. Oh yeah, these work well with the younger kids too.
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