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“In 2001, he became the first clinician to create a made-for-TV horse training program that aired on RFD-TV. The use of untrained horses and a variety of topics covering common problems faced by horse owners quickly made Downunder Horsemanship the network’s number one equine program. In 2011, Clinton launched a half-hour version of Downunder Horsemanship on Fox Sports Net, a national broadcast station that reaches 80 million viewers. Later that year, he created and released DownunderHorsemanship.TV, an internet TV site that gives horse owners around the world free access to the Downunder Horsemanship television show.”
“In 2003 and 2005, Clinton faced the country’s best horse trainers and clinicians in the prestigious Road to the Horse, an event that challenges trainers to gentle and ride an untouched horse in less than three hours. Clinton became the first person to win the event twice in a row.”
“In 2007, Clinton created the No Worries Club, a community for horsemen who practice the Method. Through a website, exclusive DVDs, a quarterly publication and nationwide events, Clinton inspires and educates his most loyal followers so they can accomplish their horsemanship dreams.”
“In addition to being a clinician, Clinton breeds, trains and shows his own reining and cow horses. He currently competes and wins at the highest levels of competition.”
The Online Poolville Post is extremely pleased to have Downunder Horsemanship and Clinton Anderson on its pages. As the name suggests, Clinton is from Australia. While there, he apprenticed with Gorden McKinlay, a horseman and horse clinician. After a three year apprenticeship he began working with Ian Francis for a year until opening his own facility in Rockhampton, Queensland. In 1996 Clinton served a brief apprenticeship with Al Dunning in the U.S. In late 1997, Clinton moved to Texas and began Downunder Horsemanship.
“Today, Clinton continues to instruct horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an Internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible. Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship are recognized as world leaders in the equestrian industry and continue to offer the very best in innovation, inspiration and instruction.”
“The Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is a world-class training facility located in Stephenville. Every feature of the ranch was custom designed by Clinton with the goal of giving horses the best care possible and ensuring he had the finest facilities to bring out a horse’s full potential. The 250-acre property is meticulously groomed and cared for, and is a horseman’s paradise. From the barns and arenas to the wash racks and saddling bays, the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is equipped with every amenity a serious horseman could hope for.”
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Every Monday David Sawyer "The Guy With The Guitar" hand writes a verse of scripture and sets it to music.
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And that's how it was in the olde wooly west.
Voices From The Past
~ Forties Flashback~
These dates and text are taken from a now deleted website called "Lonesome Dove."
In 1941, a commercial for Lava was heard at the closing of a VIC & SADE broadcast. The subject of the commercial was an invitation by Procter & Gamble to the radio listeners to write a letter to the company on their experiences of washing their hands with Lava. In finishing off the commercial, the announcer said Lava cleaned extra dirty hands in only 20 seconds.
The following year, it took from 20-50 seconds--- and the year after that, it was from 30-50 seconds. No, Lava wasn't slowing down with age, because it would take from 30-50 seconds to wash the hands clean for the remainder of radio's golden age.
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Horses That Nip and Nibble
By Clinton Anderson
When a horse gets mouthy – he nips or nibbles shirt sleeves, jackets or the lead rope – the behavior is often brushed aside. This is especially true with young horses, the most likely culprits of this behavior. A foal mouthing your shirt sleeve doesn’t seem like a big deal; in fact, a lot of people think it’s kind of cute. But the problem with this behavior is that if uncorrected it often turns into biting – a very dangerous vice. The most effective correction you can do with a horse is to make him move his feet. Horses are basically lazy creatures that would rather stand around in the pasture daydreaming of their next meal than move their feet and work up a sweat. They’ll always choose the option with the least amount of work involved. So if you’re standing next to your horse and he starts to lip your shirt, put his feet to work. Back him up, lunge him in a circle, sidepass him – anything you can think of to make him hustle his feet. Put his feet to work for five minutes, and then go back to what you were doing with him before he got mouthy. Act like it didn’t even happen. If he tries to mouth you again, you’ll make the same correction.
He can’t mouth on you and move his feet at the same time, especially if you make him hustle with energy and do a lot of changes of direction. If you’re consistent with this correction, it won’t take many repetitions for the horse to connect the two together: When he gets mouthy, he has to move his feet and sweat.
One of the most effective ways to stop a mouthy horse, and a horses that bites, is to back him up. Backing is a very humbling exercise for a horse to do. When a horse gets mouthy or tries to bite, it’s a very forward action – he’s invading your space and coming to get you. When you back him up, it’s the opposite – he’s being submissive to you by moving out of your space.
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Waynetta hails from Pawhuska and Bartlesville, Okla., moving to Texas after she graduated from college. Since childhood, the horse has been her favorite animal. Her Lucky Me Ranch near the Red River is residence for a variety of critters. Waynetta’s love of nature and the West is the foundation for her stories. Waynetta is a past Storyteller in residence at Texas A & M University, and broadcasts weekly radio shows of Cowboy music, cowboy poetry and stories in Sherman/Denison on KJIM/1500 AM/101.3FM. She has had radio shows broadcast out of Mesquite, Texas, as well as Ada, Oklahoma, and on Clear Channel Radio in Oklahoma City. Waynetta also has had a 24/7 internet broadcast on Live365. During these broadcasts, Waynetta combines tales from the Old West with insights from her life on the Lucky Me Ranch. Waynetta sprinkles interviews with interesting guests of the West, everyday cowboys as well as Western celebrities.
Reflections on Pet Adoption
1868- Spanish Fort, Texas- Indians kill nine settlers near the fort.
1975- Gunsmoke ends its 20-year run on television.
1863- Illinois- Texas Ranger Ira Aten, one of the most dedicated and tough lawmen in the Southwest was born. Aten moved with his family when a child to Round Rock, Texas, where his father had a small farm and traveled the Bible Belt as a Methodist minister. In 1878, when Ira was only fifteen, he and his brothers saw Sam Bass, the infamous outlaw, brought into Round Rock, mortally wounded after a gun battle with a posse following a robbery. His father, the Reverend Mr. Aten, was called to Bass' deathbed where he gave him spiritual aid in his last moments and heard the outlaw's last words. ("Let me go--the world is bobbing around," slipped from Sam Bass' mouth before he died.) From that moment on, Ira Aten vowed that he would never follow the path of the gunman but would become a champion for law and order, promising his father that he would join the Texas Rangers as soon as he was of age. Aten went on to become one of the most respected rangers in the Lone Star State. Aten then retired from the Rangers and was promptly appointed sheriff of Fort Bend County which was plagued by a Democrat-Republican political fight later known as the Jaybird -Woodpecker War, one which involved Texans attempting to eradicate the last of the carpetbag politicians left over from the Civil War. Aten and his deputies soon put a stop to the wholesale shootings that took several lives, and the lawman is credited with halting this deadly Texas feud. In 1904 he then moved his wife and five children to the Imperial Valley in California to raise oranges, dying in Burlingame on Aug. 6, 1953, at age ninety-one.
1836- Texas- Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas
1900- Galveston, Texas- six thousand residents drown in the United States worst hurricane disaster.
1901- 42-year-old Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier. 17 years earlier in February 1884, Roosevelt's young wife died after giving birth to their daughter; a mere 12 hours later his much-beloved mother also died. Devastated by this cruel double blow, Roosevelt sought solace in the wide open spaces of the West, establishing himself on two ranches in the Badlands of Dakota Territory and writing to friends that he had given up politics and planned to make ranching "my regular business." Despite this, three years later he returned to New York City and resumed the political career that would eventually take him to the White House. Even after he had returned to the civilized East, Roosevelt always credited his western interlude with restoring his mental and physical vitality. From an early age, Roosevelt had been convinced of the benefits of living the "strenuous life," arguing that too many American males had succumbed to the ease and safety of modern industrialized society and become soft and effeminate. Roosevelt thought more men should follow his example and embrace the hard, virile, pioneer life of the West, a place where "the qualities of hardihood, self-reliance, and resolution" were essential for survival. He earned the respect of Dakotans by tracking down a gang of bandits who had stolen a riverboat and once knocked out a barroom bully who had taunted him. Though he spent the vast majority of his life in the East, Roosevelt thereafter always thought of himself as a westerner at heart, and he did more than any president before him to conserve the wild western lands he loved.
1858- The Butterfield Overland Mail Company begins the first transcontinental mail service, from St. Louis to San Francisco, sending out its first two stages, inaugurating government mail service between the eastern and western regions of the nation. The company's motto was "Remember, boys, nothing on God's earth must stop the United States mail!" The passengers were packed into the coaches, they baked or froze as they bumped across the countryside, and dust was constant on the 3 week trip. Travelers found that toilets and baths were few and far between, the food was poor and pricey, and the stage drivers were often drunk, rude, profane, or all three. Robberies and Indian attacks were a genuine threat, though they occurred far less commonly than popularly believed. The line continued to operate as a part of the larger Wells, Fargo and Company operation until May 10, 1869, the day the first transcontinental railroad was completed.
1858- Fort Belknap, Texas- Major Earl Van Dorn launches punitive mission against Comanches
1883- Austin, Texas- the University of Texas opens. “Hook 'em horns”.
1883- El Paso, Texas- while leaving a saloon former Texas Ranger and lawman, Dallas Stoudenmire, was shot in the head by James Manning. Manning was acquitted on the grounds that he was saving the life of his brother, with whom Dallas had been quarreling.
1864- On Cabin Creek, Cherokee Chief and Confederate General Stand Watie leading 1,500 Indians and Texans capture most of the Union supply train that departed Fort Scott, Kansas, on September 12. The wagons and their contents were valued at $1.5 million.
1891- Deputy U.S. Marshal Joseph Wilson was a Texan assigned to the Muskogee District by Judge Isaac Parker. Wilson was given the task of serving a warrant on Sam Hickory, a liquor runner who lived on Fourteen Mile Creek near Tahlequah (Oklahoma). Hickory was picked up by Wilson on this date, in one of the fields surrounding his home. The prisoner walked back to the farmhouse with Wilson to retrieve a riding saddle for the journey back to the Fort Smith prison. He slipped away from Wilson for an instant and grabbed his revolver. The lawman drew his gun and fired a shot at Hickory, which landed harmlessly in the door of the house. Hickory returned the fire, dropping Wilson from his horse. The body of the dead marshal was taken to a ravine about a mile away and left there. Three days later Wilson's body was recovered. His throat had been slit and there was a bullet wound in his knee. At his trial, Hickory claimed the shooting was in self defense. Wilson had shot at him, so he ran inside the house to fetch a gun in order to defend himself. The evidence against Hickory suggested he was lying, and accordingly, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty. After various appeals Hickory spent just 5 years in prison.
1888- Texas- Over a sort period of time Bill Whitley, Brack Cornett, and others robbed the bank at Cisco, Texas, taking $25,000 and, a few days later, they stopped an I&GN train near McNeill in Travis County, stealing $20,000 from the express car. Cornett's gang stopped another Southern Pacific train at Harwood, but a sheriff's posse was on board waiting for them and the gang was driven off. The band was successful in robbing another train near Flatonia. At Floresville in Wilson County, Texas, the band was finally trapped by U.S. marshals on this date. The gang members elected to shoot it out and Whitley was killed, another member was captured, and Cornett escaped in a wild ride across the plains. Sheriff Alfred Allee tracked the bandit across Arizona and, at Frio, shot it out with him, killing Cornett.
1874- Texas- Colonel Makenzie orders the slaughter of 1,000 Comanche ponies in the Palo Duro Canyon. A 200-mile forced march to Ft. Sill is ordered for the captured Indians.
1893- Texas- John R. Hughes (1857-1946), AKA Border Boss, was born in Illinois, and moved to Texas at age fourteen. A year later he was shot in the right arm during a battle with Choctaw Indians. Hughes ranched until 1886, when he sold out, unable to fight the cattle rustlers. He had recently killed four rustlers and wounded another two after trailing them for a week through northwestern Texas. In July 1887, Hughes and Texas Ranger Ira Aten trailed Judd Roberts, an escaped murderer, to the Texas Panhandle. Six shots killed Roberts as he tried to escape the lawmen. Hughes became a Texas Ranger the following month, and by 1889, attained the rank of corporal and had made a reputation for his border patrol along the Rio Grande. On this date John Hughes and his men trailed three cattle rustlers to Nogalitos Pass. The fugitives fired at the posse, and during the ensuing gunfight the lawmen killed two of them, brothers Art and Jubel Friar, while Ease Bixler, the third man, escaped. Hughes retired from the Rangers in 1915, and committed suicide in 1946 at age eighty-nine.
1857- Williamson County, Texas- future cowboy and suspected rustler Nathan D. Champion is born.
1859- Brownsville, Texas- on this date Mexican guerilla leader Juan Cortina and his renegade band seized control of Brownsville and demanded payment of a $100,000 ransom. When reports came through that Cortina had burned Corpus Christi and was laying waste to Texas, Governor Runnels appointed Texas Ranger John S. Ford major in command of all state forces on the Rio Grande to track down Cortina.
1872- Texas- Colonel Mackenzie reports a fight between Indians and the 4th Cavalry, assisted by Tonkawa scouts, on the north fork of the Red River. 23 Indians killed, 120 captured, and one soldier killed.
1907- Tioga, Texas- (Orvon) Gene Autry is born. 'The Singing Cowboy': actor: 100+ cowboy westerns; singer famous for Back in the Saddle Again, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, The Death of Mother Jones, Mexicali Rose and others. He owned the California Angels, Golden West Broadcasting. Gene is only person to have 5 Hollywood Walk of Fame stars [film, radio, TV, stage, records]; passed away Oct 2, 1998.
Interview with J.W. Beason, Saddle Maker, Day Work Cowboy, and Cowboy Poet (Original interview for radio show, “Storytime, A Western Variety Show”.
J.W. Beason was born in Pampa, Tx., and raised in Northwest Oklahoma. He made his way back to Texas making his career as a saddlemaker and a day work cowboy.
A few years back, at a Cowboy gathering, I met JW Beason, Saddle maker and Cowboy poet from Lipscomb, Tx. If you don’t know or haven’t met JW, you need to. Not only is he a Cowboy poet, but he is a humorist and quite a storyteller.
J.W. - I’m from Lipscomb, Texas. Lipscomb, is in the northeast corner of the Panhandle, a little town of about 35 people not incorporated but it’s the county seat. It’s pretty much not on the way to anywhere so if you’re going to Lipscomb you got to be going there. It’s big cattle country, ranch country. I have a saddle shop out there. I’m a saddle maker and day work cowboy, and still work cattle for some of the ranches in the country, and then I sing and do cowboy poetry around the country. On my business cards I tell a couple of other things I do because in a little town like Lipscomb you kind of have to branch out. I’m a paid mourner. I can either lightly wipe a tear or I can fall out screaming, just however you’d like to be remembered.
I’m about the only hermit coach in the country. I’m a certified hermit coach. If you live in Lipscomb you have to learn to do without and so if you really want to be a hermit that’s the place to come. I’ve got a little academy there and I’m a certified hermit coach.
(JW says that on his business cards he also states that he trains women and cats, to do whatever they want to do. He guarantees results on this. As you can see he is definitely a Texan…a real storyteller!)
Waynetta – Besides being a comedian when did you start writing poetry?
JW – I’ve been writing poetry since I was a kid and I’ve always been a cowboy so it just came natural to write about the things that you knew about. I started writing poetry and songs when I was about 15 or 16.
(JW told me the things he mostly writes about is cowboy stuff, cattle and horses, but he wrote a poem for his son about raising kids. JW said he doesn’t know if he knows much about that but he’s learned a little. He also wrote one for his grandson along the same line. JW said he enjoys writing poetry; he believes that poets and songwriters believe they have something to say)
JW – I really enjoy being able to give the audience something. If I can get a smile or a tear then I’ve touched someone. If I’ve made their life better for those few minutes then I’m worth something. I go a lot of places and do this and I love to watch the reaction on people’s faces. I guess to be honest about it, it is an ego thing. We all like to be told that we’ve done good. The best thing you can do for a kid or a dog is to let him know that he’s done a good job. As performers, like kids, it feels good when someone tells them they’ve done a good job.
Waynetta - One of my favorite poems that JW tells is “The Last of the Breed”. He said that this poem is his answer to folks who ask him why he wants to be a cowboy, why does he want to do what he does.
J.W. Beason is a talented man, a saddlemaker, a day work cowboy, and a cowboy poet who tells from his heart.
JW has been a featured poet at the The National Cowboy Poetry Gatheringin Elko, Nevada, The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (formerly the Cowboy Hall of Fame) in Oklahoma City, and The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth, as well as many other Cowboy gatherings along the way. You can find out more about J.W. Beason on Facebook and at cowboypoetry.com.
I make no secret of the fact that I believe in the adoption of pets, especially of dogs and cats.
There are so many, and uncaring people just dump them at the side of the road and leave them to fend for themselves. Often times these animals are infants that cannot possibly survive without help. Other times animals are surrendered to shelters for what might be considered legitimate reasons, but regardless, they need our help to survive and be happy.
I volunteer at the Parker County Weatherford Animal Shelter as part of the Animal Care Team. It’s a fancy name for animal walker. What I do is either sit with or walk dogs and pet and cuddle cats. Almost anything to get the animals to trust humans, be happy and prepare them emotionally for adoption is permitted.
I recently participated in an event called Clear The Shelters. It is a nationwide adoption initiative, and more than sixty North Texas area shelters participated. At the end of the day, the Weatherford Shelter adopted out ninety or so animals (dogs and cats). On this particular day, adoption fees were waived.
Because of this, I had some concerns about the animals and what type of environment they might be going to. Anytime there is a “something for nothing” program, it has the propensity for attracting people who just want a freebee.
I am happy to say that my concerns were unfounded. I worked for better than six hours at the forms table where people were required to submit some basic information about themselves and their ability to take care of an animal. Apartment dwellers were asked if their landlords permitted pets, and a contact number was required. Perspective adopters had to be eighteen years of age and provide a current photo ID.
I am also happy to state that the people I met seemed genuinely interested in having a pet in their home, whether it was a cat, two cats or a dog. Some of them had adopted before, and their experience had been so positive that they wanted to do it again.
It seems that people adopt animals for any number of reasons. Some of them just want a companion, another beating heart in their home. Some of them want an exercise partner, and some of them just want to help-out by caring for an animal in need. Whatever their reasons, they came in numbers, and they ranged from eighteen years of age to near eighty. There were boys and men who adopted cats and ladies who adopted dogs. No rhyme or reason or stereotypes to be identified.
In reflection, I do think that successful adoptions fall into two categories.
The first are those who fully know what they are getting into, have found an animal that exactly suits them, and are prepared to do what is necessary to make it work. They are familiar with their adoptive breed and its related habits. These folks have likely been pet owners before or perhaps have even adopted before.
The second group are those who, like their first group counterparts, have found an animal that suits them, but they may not be fully prepared for what is to come. There are animal behaviors that may not be immediately evident during a brief visit to the shelter on adoption day. Maybe the dog is a digger or a howler or a shoe chewer. Maybe the dog has a habit of wandering off or likes to chase cats. Any of these habits might cause some anxious moments for a new owner and a new adoptee. Vats too can have some disturbing behaviors such as scratching furniture or climbing where they are not supposed to climb. Adoption is a process, and it takes time. This second group will persevere, but there will be some times that will probably test their patience.
These observations are my personal opinion, obviously, and certainly do not reflect any official or un-official opinions or beliefs of the animal shelter.
What I saw leaving the shelter on that adoption day were little girls and boys with a companion that will see them through their teenage years and beyond. I saw smiles, and hope and love. I saw people being people at their very best.
The one story that struck me the most was an elderly
woman in a wheel chair. I don’t know if she was able
to walk or not, but she did manage to get out of the
chair and into a stationary chair for a photo, and she
was there with her daughter looking for a dog
companion. It turns out that the woman’s dog of
many years had recently died, and she missed
having a dog in the house. It is amazing to me how
animals sense what they need to do. The dog that
picked this woman seemed perfectly suited for her.