Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Yup, that's me. Looking squeamish and totally not sure this was such a good idea. The pony doesn't look all that thrilled either. Guy used to go around the city taking pictures of kids sitting on a real live pony - at kids' and parents' requests. Forgot how much it cost. Not too much, I suppose.

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Ride 'em, cowgirl!

    Thanks for the, in my case, timely life lesson.

  2. You're welcome, C.W. :)

    Oh, later on I did go riding. We used to take the Ferry across to Staten Island and go horseback riding in this big park there.

    Once, the horse ran away with me.

    But I was saved. :)

  3. Great quote! And lovely blog!

    I have a picture of my older brother at about age 5 in a cowboy outfit on a horse - same deal, guy roamed the neighborhoods selling pictures. When I was young my father had me convinced that they bought my brother the pony and kept it in the bedroom closet!

  4. Thanks, Heather.

    I'll bet your brother enjoyed keeping you from checking out the closet. :)

    Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Aww, Cowgirl Yvette. So sweet. Keep those doggies rolling. Don't try to understand 'em, just rope and throw and brand 'em.

  6. Ha! I really did love westerns then and now. Yes, I was a cowgirl. I have a pix (which I posted on the blog a while back) of me in cowgirl gear. Standing next to my mom. :)

  7. Hello Yvette:
    But some experiments can prove ruinous!!

  8. No, Jane and Lance: I'm convinced your new venture will turn out very well. :)

  9. Yvette, you won't believe this, but I have a black and white photo of me at about age 10 on the traveling photographer's pony, too. Different pony and photographer since I was in Pennsylvania. I was wondering how prevalent this was because not many people I've spoken to had their photos taken this way.

    I was a cowgirl, too, and had a full outfit by the time I was about 5. If you think back, TV was mostly westerns then (1950's). I did eventually get my own horse, but I had to wait until I was an adult. I still love them but now I spend my time trying to get the government to stop rounding up all the wild horses out west that they're supposed to be protecting. They replace the wild horses with privately owned cattle. They're eradicating OUR wild horses with OUR tax dollars and it's not fair!

  10. Joan: Well, what a coincidence! I really did think though, that the traveling photographer with pony was a fairly common thing back then. Maybe not.

    But in the city, I guess it was. If you had a blog, you could post the pix too. :)

    Oh, you couldn't tear me away from the TV when CHEYENNE was on or any of the other western shows.

    In the fifties there was a LIVE action western on right after school. I'd rush home to watch. I've never since seen or heard about a live action western show. Have you?

    Oh, you are so fortunate to have your own horse. Wow. I never got there, but I've dreamt about it often.

    That's awful what the government is doing. I hope they don't finally exterminate them all. Of course it's not fair. :(

  11. That is horrible about the horses. A wild horse running and jumping and neighing is one of the most beautiful sights in nature, should not be tampered with. There are people out West who do save some.

    This is a great quote...I must read Emerson.

  12. Kathy: You can't go very wrong with Emerson.

    Well you know my view of horses:

    Horses are what God made when he got serious.

  13. Not to take over your blog, but if anyone is interested in helping the wild horses on public lands, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign ( is a great place to start. There's also The Cloud Foundation, established to try to protect the stallion Cloud and his herd, he of the PBS documentary. They both have Take Action buttons to sign petitions and send letters to government officials. Very easy to do.

    Now I'll go away and you can get back to your blog!

  14. Not at all, Joan. This is important information and I'm glad you took the time to share it with us. Thank you.

    I will definitely be looking into this. I remember the documentary about Cloud. A gorgeous creature born to run free.


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