CowboySpirit.TV - Statues dedicated to cowboys, both general and famous, as well as Indians dot the Old West where these famous horsemen once rode. According to renowned author Terry Pratchett, there is a way to break the code presented by the horses in these statues:
“If one of the horse's hooves is in the air, the rider was wounded in battle; two legs in the air means that the rider was killed in battle; three legs in the air indicates that the rider got lost on the way to the battle; and four legs in the air means that the sculptor was very, very clever. Five legs in the air means that there's probably at least one other horse standing behind the horse you're looking at; and the rider lying on the ground with his horse lying on top of him with all four legs in the air means that the rider was either a very incompetent horseman or owned a very bad-tempered horse.”
Whether or not this is true, the cowboy of the Old West left enough quotes behind to memorialize his horse himself.
1. A blind horse doesn't fall when he follows the bit.
2. “Let him ride a horse. He’s a cowboy ain’t he?” – Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust
3. It is pleasant enough going afoot when you lead you horse by the bridle.
In other words, walking the Old West is fun when you still have the option to ride!
4. A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart and wins with his character.
5. “When you get him un-astonished, tell him to take care of my horse.” – Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, The Gunfighter
6. My horse is as good as any, and better than some.
7. “The last time somebody pointed out that cowboys ride horses, not tricycles, I shot him. Of course, I waited until another gunslinger gunned him down, but nevertheless, I still shot him.” Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?
8. “I bless the hoss from hoof to head; from head to hoof, and tale to mane! I bless the hoss, as I have said, from head to hoof, and back again!” – James Whitcomb Riley
9. “Horses and life, it’s all the same to me.” – Buck Brannaman
10. Show me your horses and I will tell you what you are.
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