Howdy all, my name is Judy and I love horses and most things western; from cowboys/cowgirls to old west movies and everything in between.
I grew up on a farm in Washington State. My mom and dad bought me my first pony, Blackie, when I was nine. My love for horses started before then, but not sure when. It seems like that love was always there. I read all horse books I could get my hands on such as Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, My Friend Flicka, and someone gave me a couple of the Blaze and Billy books that I read over and over.
My First Pony
When I became the owner of my pony, Blackie, I never thought much about beyond putting the saddle and bridle on and going for a ride. Blackie and I rode all over that ten acre farm making up stories of cowgirls and cowboys and riding off into the sunset together. I finally had my own pony. I could ride the range like all my cowboy hero’s from the westerns I loved to watch. It’s all I ever really wanted to do.
My First Horse
My first horse was Sandy, the buckskin mare my folks got for me when I was twelve. She was a yearling and with some help I was able to get her trained to saddle and bridle and me, the rider. I didn’t know much about training a horse. Wish I would have known then what I understand better now. We had a lot of fun riding through life. We rode all over the area, down the roads and across fields and through the woods. She taught me a lot about being a horse owner. We learned together. I learned more about the way a horse thinks and why they act the way they do.
All About Horses
I’ve wanted to know all I could about horses. I want to know how to ride and take care of them. I want to know what to do if they act up or get spooked or lose respect for their handler. I’ve wanted to be more than just a person throwing a saddle on the horse and riding into the sunset; I’ve wanted to understand the heart of the horse. Why is there such an attraction between a girl and her horse and a cowboy and his horse? These questions are answered person by person, everyone is different. This blog is sharing my thoughts and experiences as they have come to me in my life.
My other thoughts in creating this site are to show and talk about horse equipment and what is available; there is a lot of gear including grooming supplies too. I’d like to cover the traditional gear and alternative also like bit less bridles. I think it would be interesting to cover topics of using natural products on horses, such as natural fly sprays and hoof boots instead of horseshoes.
Some more about me…
At this point in time, being a bit “older”, all I can handle is one little gentle mare named Poppy. We get together most days and ride the “open range” so to speak. It’s actually a huge field with little trails and dips and sage brush so I can daydream along the purple sage trail. Sounds like a song Dale Evans would sing. Love it.
I admire those cowgirls of old like Lucille Mulhall and Annie Oakley and others who are the real cowgirls and who I can only hope and dream about being like them. There are some TV cowboys and cowgirls I admire too. I think of Betsy Garth on The Virginian and Dale Evans who rode with Roy Rogers in his TV shows. Betsy was always racing on horseback against Trampas, Steve, and the Virginian over the grassy hills of their Shiloh ranch. My heart raced with them as they whooped and hollered, chasing each other to the home barn.
I also like to watch a horseman ride their horse with no saddle or bridle. I’m amazed and envious of the control and oneness they have. It takes a lot of trust for both horse and rider to come to this point in their relationship.
I get on my mare at times and ride bareback with a halter (haven’t mastered the complete trust yet to go without some means of control). I’m able to guide her with my legs and a touch of the rope halter. Maybe in time we will come to that point of trust and training that we could leave the halter hanging in the barn. It would be such a sense of freedom.
“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” -Winston Churchill
“There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.” -John Lubbock
To that last one I would add for a woman too. 🙂
Well, that pretty much wraps up about me. I hope you will visit my site often and ride along with me on this journey with horses, one of God’s most magnificent creatures. Thanks for stopping by my hitching post today. Come back soon and please leave a comment or ask a question. I’ll do my best to answer.
Founder of Western Horse Gear