Category Archives: saddle horses

Kokanee’s Gear

Remember Paula-of-the-great-hat from yesterday?  Well she rides a magnificent blue appaloosa named Kokanee and this is his gear.

It was early morning, with that gorgeous slanted light, and while we waited for everyone to get organized, I noticed this beautiful found still life.  Look at this rawhide bosal, the horsehair macate, the silver and the leather……all hallmarks of the old traditions of horsemanship handed down from the Spaniards and our own First Nations People.  Thankfully people have valued these things enough to preserve them and to continue their craft so that we can use and appreciate them today! After all this time, they still work!

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Young Man from The Gang

This young horseman came to the Ranch Rodeo as part of the Gang Ranch team.  If you didn’t know better you’d think I was doing an illustration for an old-timey cowboy tale; sort of like Will James used to do!  It really tickles my “time warp” sensibilities to see these young men so steeped in the traditional gear and style of dress. Combine that with the really fabulous horses we have today, it’s the best of both worlds.  

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A Need For Speed.

Most of the time, working with cattle happens at a slow, methodical pace, and a good cow horse knows just where to be and when; how to make the small moves that encourages the cattle to go in the desired direction.  However, once in a while there’s a need for speed, and this 4-year old sorrel looks like he’s capable of putting on the after-burners.

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Bits & Bosals

Here’s a painting from the ranch rodeo last weekend…..the old guy with his spade bit, the youngster in his bosal.  Loved the handmade gear and the superb horsemanship at this event.  The small town and family atmosphere was very cool too.  Think I’ll be going to more ranch rodeos!   SOLD

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Bridle Horse

The young rancher who owns this nice mare has a lot of time and talent invested in her and his gear. He raised and broke her, right through all the stages up to now, when she finally carries the silver spade bit.  He built his saddle and probably braided the rawhide reins as well. A lot of that was in his “spare” time, when not feeding, calving, moving, doctoring, or otherwise tending to his or the neighbours cows.
Resourceful is the first word that comes to mind.

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Under the Evening Sky

Branding day starts before daylight, so we can get done while the day is still cool; easier on the calves…..and the crew  So the horses have to be gathered the night before. Here we are in the June dusk, at 10 o’clock at night bringing in the horses. They’ll be waiting at the corrals when the guys get there at 5:30.

There’s magic in the long days and short nights of June, the dampness and relative green of the prairie when we’ve had a good spring, the sound of horses hooves pounding home on  prairie sod, the nighhawks diving and booming overhead. Magic in and under the evening sky. 

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George’s Saddle String

I was home last w/e for the centennial of my home town, and I stayed with my brother’s family on the ranch I grew up on.  When I headed to town in the morning, here were the horses, grazing in front of the old shop……a lovely old cement-covered building that’s been there for probably 75 years.   George keeps the place so beautifully, with all the buildings painted and in good repair and you know that his attention to the farming and ranching aspects are and extension of that….a testament to how seriously he takes his job as custodian of our family ranch.
SOLD

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Cowboy Gear


 Something I’ve always loved about cowboy culture is the gear.  Much of it is hand made…even today in this age of factory-made everything.  Maybe it’s the texture….the handcarving in this saddle, the suede of these chaps, the rough-woven saddle pads, the basket stamping on the breast collar are all exquisite to me.  And they’re used, lovingly, so the dust and oil and sweat become part of the patina of beauty. Oh, and we haven’t even talked about the smell!    SOLD

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Cow Pony Siesta

Here’s one of the horses from the branding on the weekend.  There was a raw wind out of the southwest, and I was longing for a pair of gloves…I know, right…mid-June!  

This guy was probably loaded in his trailer by 5 a.m.to come and help gather.  Now, cinch loosened off and butt into the wind,  he needs to catch up on a few Z’s.    SOLD

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Yamnuska Spring

My good friends live right at the foot of Yamnuska (Wall of Stone) which is the very first mountain to rise above the foothillls, just north of highway 1 at Kananaskis.

All my life I’d noticed that unique mountain and marvelled at the sight of it.  Having gotten to know my friends Kevin and Janet, I’ve been lucky enough to visit right beneath it’s shelter. What a magnificent place to live and  have your horse  pasture. 
SOLD
 

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