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June 19, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Horsefeathers and bolder dash

Mexican man on horse. 1912. (Mexican Revoltionary on postcard. SMU DeGolyer Lib.(USPD.artist life,

‘You see my toothy grin, right? If you think I’m galloping like the wind hauling all that photo op getup, you got another think coming.” (SMU/USPD/


Odd thought processes, theirs.

Either delusional or holding a grudge

Insisting their family tails’ DNA once included wings or single forehead horn.

You know how hard it is to convince someone that’s all legends, like history. Over. Done. Long past gone, in any case.

Might explain the attitude – especially of the young, the sheltered. They all think they are movie-worthy Wonder Horses

They all seem to hold to certain truths:

  •  Ye who cast the first stone…get ready to be trampled.
  • Get thee behind me mate ‘n just try to avoid the heels.
  • When about to be led who knows where, remember the one who left the burr under the saddle. Refuse bit and blanket.
  • When things look bad or you’re worn out, turn around head back to the barn: the primary source of naps, foods, and “enough already” understood. Barn basics.
Out of control horse with rider. 1858. Headless Horseman by Quidor (USPD., artist life, reprod of PD art/

“Nooo. It’s only a candy wrapper. I promise. Only a candy wrapper!” (USPD/

Never say nay to them. But know they are the definition of “unpredictable” and “incomprehensibly maddening” 

You can ride out day after day for months on end, same route, past the same scenery. Past the same half-buried tin can or rock.

Then one day, the one you’re half awake, routinely sashaying out, then WHOA! Abrupt, jarring, stiff leg halt accompanied by a wide nostril snort followed by a lateral move quick enough to require grabbing saddle horn to avoid clinging awkwardly sideways on horse’s neck.

That tin can or rock or piece of paper suddenly atomic bomb level danger.

Must be some mastodon avoidance muscle memory from Parahippus 

Helpful for horses: for humans, not so much. Humans face plant with other fears – probably ones brought on by having opposing thumbs.

Be wary of horse laughs.

Gotta know when to hold ’em and when to say sold ’em.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Woman and black horse. 1920 postcard (USPD. Artist life/;

“Oh, Honey, give it up. You’re no competition. It’s a mane thing. Everyone knows that red ain’t real.” (1920 postcard/USPD/


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  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 19 2020 6:43 am

    thats what happens… even a trash can can lead to a nuclear meltdown and a deep fall ;O)

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  2. shoreacres / Jun 19 2020 7:15 am

    Don’t tell me, let me guess. You were just horsing around with this one!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 19 2020 7:26 am

      Thinking Father’s Day is coming up – mine had plenty of horsesense
      Thanks for saddling up and riding along

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      • shoreacres / Jun 19 2020 7:52 am

        Ah — Father’s Day. Somehow I’d forgotten that. Horse sense is a fine quality in anyone, but it especially is good in a dad. Some people call it common sense, but it’s not nearly common enough — especially now.

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  3. disperser / Jun 19 2020 7:41 am

    Never had occasion to read about the evolution of horses . . . thanks for the link.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 19 2020 11:19 am

      That stuff is very interesting. Weirdly by 4th grade I could draw and discuss all the evolutionary developments of the horse….more intriguing than what was going on in the classroom at times. Thanks for cantering by. Glad you didn’t rein in your curiosity


  4. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jun 19 2020 7:48 am

    Nee ee eee eed – snort -ed this one this morning! Never a show rider, but felt ok staying mounted after good spooks at ?? while bareback. We will just overlook those times i watched her head home without me 🙂 Love that face with the redhead, too! Thanks for a great start to a rainy, 43 degree Rocky day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 19 2020 11:24 am

      One advantage of a western saddle over bareback is that your legs don’t start stinging after the horse works up a sweat…and in summer here, that’s almost instantaneous…never stopped us though. Once the cattle work was done, it was “If you can catch ’em, you can ride them” and the adults would walk away…kowwing full well, how the cattle horses would laugh while running us all around….
      Thanks for stabling a comment here.
      (Snow other than Trail Ridge? Web cams aren’t always up to date/working)


      • 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jun 19 2020 6:39 pm

        Today was my day off – but don’t think TRR was closed with this storm. Looking at Longs, the North Face shows a bright dusting of shiny, new snow. Also, Ypsilon, Fairchild, and Mummy Mtns all show nice new snow dustings. We just got the much needed rain — plus a short T-storm this afternoon. So warm this year, much of the infamous walls of snow have already melted along Trail Ridge — and the Old Fall River Road is on track to possibly open by end of June this year. But absolutely beautiful – as always!


  5. SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ / Jun 20 2020 8:02 am

    Nice blog ✨


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