It’s all about the horses.

Posted: September 2, 2017 in Personal, Travel
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​In the mid-seventies when my dad came home one day talking about an opportunity to buy a cabin in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, I heard the words “mountains” and “horses” together. That’s all I needed to know. My vote was “Yes.”

© janet m. webb

Do you ride?  If not, don’t worry.  Among the almost 50 horses are plenty of gentle ones and I can give you pointers.  We ride Western, with cowboy-style saddles, and up here, we can ride for miles and miles, usually without encountering another person or rider. Western saddles are built for comfort and riding long distances and the saddle horn, used by cowboys to tie one end of a rope is great for holding on to if needed. Just remember the rule:  if you go through a gate that’s open, leave it open.  If it was closed, close it.  There are cattle in some places and letting them out from where they should be and into where they shouldn’t is a big no-no.

© janet m. webb

Let me tell you a little about horses.  They’re a lot like children.  Some of them are bullies, chasing, biting, and kicking other horses.  New horses get run around until they fight back a/o find a friend or two.    Horses are beautiful but not as smart as some other animals, a blessing for those of us who want to ride them.  If they were smart enough, they’d rarely be ridden!

© janet m. webb

Every horse doesn’t like or is skeptical of something, even if it seems like it’s a dumb thing.  My first horse didn’t like pigs.  Others don’t like squirrels or wood lying on the ground or….  Who knows?  So you have to learn about your horse’s likes and dislikes and be ready. In fact, you should never be so relaxed that you don’t pay attention to what’s around you. If so, that’s usually the time something happens and you end up on the ground.

But enough about all that. Let’s walk down to the corral and find a horse and saddle that will be just right for you.  Then I’ll show you some of the beautiful mountain country.

In the late afternoon, the horses are taken to the pasture to graze.  This year, they were grazing in the main part of Teepee, around the cabins of those of us who aren’t in the main cabin area.  On Thursdays, their day off, they don’t have to come in at all, although it takes them a good part of the day to figure that out and they often come in on their own, gradually drifting back out as the day goes on.  This video shows part of the herd not long after being let out of the corral.  You’ll notice several of them getting a good backscratching by rolling.

Comments
  1. lifelessons says:

    How beautiful. I think I detect a dog milling around in there, as well. How close to Sheridan are you?

    • MapQuest tells me it’s about 9 miles from Sheridan to Big Horn, then you have to go another few miles, past the turnoff for Bradford Brinton Museum, before getting to the Red Grade Road. So maybe 15-18? I’ve never really looked. It’s all in how long it takes. 🙂

      janet

  2. Horse lover heaven. 🙂 I have loved horses since the first moment I saw them as a small child. As an adult we owned two horses for several years when our daughter was young and later on owned two minis. I loved them all. Your trip to Wyoming sounds like a wonderful time. Thanks for the video – loved it. 🙂

    • I’m so glad I figured out how to upload a video, Judy. I have to do it from my iPad (or iPhone, I suppose), but I was excited to find that it works, although who knows how much of my WP space it takes up. 🙂 Wyoming has been a wonderful time for me for over 40 years and I hope it continues to be for us and for our children for many, many more years.

      janet

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    It does look like horse-lover paradise.
    So is your cabin part of a cabin ‘complex’ with communal horses that anyone within the complex can ride?

  4. Roda says:

    Such gentle beauties…💚💚💚

  5. SoyBend says:

    What a lovely place for riding! I learned to ride both Western and English styles but prefer Western. For one thing, if a horse does spook, there’s more things to grab onto on a western saddle. 😉

    • Ha, ha, that’s for sure! And you can get on by yourself much more easily which, if you’re going on a long ride and might want to get off once in awhile, is a distinct advantage.

      janet

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Spending summer in the high country is hard to beat. Nice post, Janet.
    Ω

    • Oh, that it were the whole summer, Allan…but I know what you mean. I’ve been there for only a week (better something than nothing) and as long as a month (heaven) and it’s all good. With the longer time, there’s at least time to unpack and relax before having to winterize the cabin and leave. 🙂

  7. julieallyn says:

    I took riding lessons a few years ago and wasn’t sure, when asked, if I should opt for Western or English. Methinks I should have chosen Western. I lasted about a year and a half before I decided to hang up my riding helmet. I was never thrilled with the instructors I had, usually young gals not as inclined to be patient with an ‘older’ student, preferring, it seemed to me, the little starry-eyed girls who – let’s face it! – weren’t as hesitant or fearful as a more mature student like myself. HA! Still, though, I’m glad I did it.

    I enjoyed your post. Great photos, too. When would be the best time to stop by for a ride? 🙂

  8. I’m enjoying all of the adventures you’re having,Janet. Thanks for the info on horses. I have ridden horses. Hubby and I used to go to the Pocono mountains when we lived in NY. They were get away weekends. It was mostly trail rides with the guides. It was always fun. I always wanted to ride along the shore on a beach. A bit late now – back issues – but I enjoyed riding when I did.
    I’m so happy you’re getting to enjoy things you love. Soak it all in … 🐴😎

  9. Lisa says:

    Such a beautiful place to escape, Janet. Your lovely words and photos of the horses brings me back to summers at my grandparents ranch in northern Idaho. Each year they’d find a horse that matched our skill level and size and then they would send us out every day to explore and ride while they worked the ranch. 😊

    • I know what great times those must have been, Lisa. My grandparents lived on a farm in Nebraska and had a horse or two while my dad was growing up, but none by the time I arrived. It was still a great place to go, however.

  10. DawnSeeker says:

    So beautiful :)) I’d love to come and hop one one of your lovely horses with you, experiencing the breathtaking Nature of your region :)) I, also, am blessed with a herd of lovely horses, in the mountains off The Grapevine, way behind Santa Barbara and Ojai, and just to the North of L.A.

    In fact, I’m also a farrier. And a client with a large property here is looking for a source of gentle ranch and trail horses for working with inner city kids. Let me know if you have any ideas — all the horses in this region that end up at auction seem to be completely psycho! :)) Dawn

    https://soulhorseride.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/cosmic-canter/
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  11. joey says:

    Even in such a short video, we catch a bit of their personalities 🙂

    • Oh, they all have their own, distinct personalities, Joey, just as people do. Figuring them out makes knowing and riding them a much better experience for both rider and horse. 🙂

      janet

  12. Debbie Smyth says:

    Thanks for sharing this Janet. Wyoming is high on my to visit list – it has been ever since I read My Friend Flicka and sequels. I’ll make it one day!

    • If you visit, there are a few places you should definitely see. Yellowstone would top my list and in Cody, just a short distance away and a gateway town, there’s a great museum, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (https://centerofthewest.org/.) Jackson Hole and the Tetons are lovely, but quite commercial and rich. Of course, I’m partial to Sheridan and that area and there are lots of other places. Devil’s Tower, near the South Dakota border, https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm, is unique, too.

  13. restlessjo says:

    I don’t know when I saw so many horses together, Janet! That frst one is such a beautiful creature. 🙂 🙂

  14. What a great little bit of history you shared, and the horses…so beautiful! That’s pretty country up there.

  15. happyface313 says:

    🙂 No, I don’t ride, Janet.
    My grandfather once put me on a horse that didn’t want any passengers and went straight for the stable. And I was screaming bloody murder on its back, threatening to throw myself on the ground, because I was so frightened.
    I’ve been on an “Iceland Pony” – we call them ISLAENDER – every now and then. That’s ok, because they aren’t so huge.
    But I admire everyone who can ride a horse!
    You have a very HAPPY weekend xo
    Claudia 🙂

  16. Leya says:

    I used to ride as a young girl, but for the wrong reasons…The owner’s young son, some years older than me, was so handsome I just had to come to the stable to see him, to be close to him…and so did every girl in the neighbourhood. When he finally got a girlfriend, some two years later, I went into dancing instead….Lovely post!

  17. pattisj says:

    I never had the opportunity to be around horses. They are beautiful animals. One of my cousins loved horses when she was very young. When we played Barbies, she played with Barbie’s horses.

  18. anne leueen says:

    I would love to rider for miles and miles. And you are right about horses being like children. My horse , Biasini, is like a two year old on the ground but under saddle he is like a sensible 36 year old. It’s an entertaining combination.

  19. Dan Antion says:

    I can see why you voted the way you did. It must be the best way to get a way that there is.

  20. de Wets Wild says:

    Great fun with great companions in the great outdoors!

  21. Dina says:

    Aaaaarrrrhhhh. This looks wonderful, like a true paradise for horselovers. I don’t ride, but I love animals and find the video and the photos deeply moving.

  22. thirdeyemom says:

    I love horses and my sister and I grew up riding too. My sister actually bought and saved a rescue racehorse in Arizona and brought him out to Virginia. He just passed away a couple of years ago and she sure misses him.

  23. Looks like you got plenty of comments for just horsing around. One of our daughters always loved animals – especially horses! Since we were not wealthy – she cleaned out a lot of stalls to support her interest. Anna eventually became a he barn manager looking after 46 horses at Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge, British Columbia – but has recently quit to be a full time mom – but her heart is still with those great beasts!

    • Enough comments? Neigh, neigh, there can never be too many. 🙂 OK, I’m not going to get started with this. I Your daughter sounds as if she had a great job with horses, but being a full time mom takes precedent. Thanks for stopping and for the comment.

      janet

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  25. fitwoutdoors says:

    Horses only ever spook at 2 things; things that move and things that don’t. hehe. Loved your post.

  26. misifusa says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn to ride and I had my first lesson yesterday which was lovely. I found your blog when I searched horse. Thanks for writing! Beautiful photos!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed your first lesson. Are you riding English or Western? Riding in Wyoming has spoiled me, because I can ride so far and so long. But riding is fun almost anywhere.

      janet

      • misifusa says:

        I had my first lesson yesterday which was on grooming the horse, getting to know him, and walking him so that we got to know one another. I didn’t get on him, but I will this week. I think the instructor realized I was a bit nervous by his size and even though I’ve trail ridden years ago, it was a little daunting to be near him for me. I’m ok to take it slow and steady. I will let you know after my next lesson what I am riding. I can’t wait and I am so excited!! How awesome that you can ride out there in Wyoming. I bet it’s beautifully peaceful and with breath-taking views and tranquility! I’m jealous!! LOL

      • Looking forward to hearing about the next lesson. Enjoy the joy!!

  27. Hey, that is really beautiful land up there! I ride Western, but am switching over to English soon. Can’t wait to jump in a couple months! : )

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  28. MY FAVORITE ANIMALS!! THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!! I just love the pictures, oh, and the video was so peaceful. But I have a question, is the video supposed to have sound?

  29. I love horses so this blog is my favorite! Thankyou for loving horses too!

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