Horse Sense


Since I have no real experience or great knowledge about these magnificent animals, I wonder why I keep putting horses in my stories. I’m definitely not an expert on the subject. I grew up watching them on TV so I always felt they were part of my life. I’m not talking about the My Little Pony era.  I go back a little farther than that for my childhood. I’m talking real, live horses like Trigger, Roy Roger’s horse, and the Lone Ranger’s horse, Silver, of the “Hi, Ho, Silver” fame. And let’s not forget Zorro riding his white horse in the opening credits of his show and pulling the animal up and onto its back legs as he gives a wave. Those were real horses and men depended on them.

Roy Rogers and Trigger                             lr_silv8

One more show on my list also deserves a shout out…Bonanza.4horses

It was on for over a decade. Pa Cartwright and his three boys would ride up on their horses during the show’s introduction, stop and smile for the camera. The horses took them everywhere–into town, out on the range and chasing bad guys. My favorite Cartwright was Little Joe and I loved his horse, too. Cochise was a beautiful paint horse that had wonderful patterns of white on it. I wanted one just like it.

So how could any little girl during that era not love horses? I was one of many who did, I’m sure. Then it happened. My sister and I begged to go horseback riding during a vacation at a resort where there were stables. I was probably eleven or twelve at the time. All the riders were in a pen, dismounting at the end of the journey and my horse decided to pin me with its hindquarters against the fence. If you’ve stopped laughing and are wondering what part exactly are the hindquarters, I looked it up. It’s the top part of the horse above the back leg. I don’t remember how long it took to be rescued but it felt like hours. Needless to say, I was traumatized, never to ride or go near a horse again.

So why use them in my stories? I’ll tell you a little secret. I still love them. They are beautiful and majestic and I long to ride one the correct, proper way. I can feel the wind in my hair as I proficiently gallop along in my imagination. And right before my dismount, I have the horse rear high in the air and I give a quick salute, just like Zorro, and say, “Hi, Ho, Silver!” Oh, wait, that’s the Lone Ranger…but you get the picture.

Walt Disney Treasures Zorro

7 thoughts on “Horse Sense

  1. Enjoyed this – but wasn’t laughing when you were pinned! Do you remember the rescue operation? How many farmhands rushed in to help you?

    Liked the pictures also. The old TV shows were favorites of mine too.

    On the technical side, you could click on each pic for a larger view (3 of the 5). Pretty impressive.

    Plenty of extra tags too, for more exposure.

    On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Nancy Pennick

    • So I guess you’d have to go on to see it. I’ve been commenting back on everyone’s responses. How do they see it then?

      On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM, Nancy Pennick

  2. I can comment directly from my g-mail, but your response did not go to my mail box. Just showed up at your site. -so I just now checked the box at your site to send a copy to my email.

  3. I do love horses, though I don’t have any. I used to love to ride in my youth and even went to a day camp one summer. I most recently went riding when I visited Letchworth State park, and it was just as fun as it was when I was ten. I’d advise to go to a local place and take a riding class–you are never too old to enjoy being in the saddle. And most of the trail horses are usually gentle and won’t pin you 🙂 Do it…you won’t regret it. 🙂

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