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Wouldn’t it be fun to wander through the rambling thoughts of an entertainer’s mind? Too often we forget that those whom we see on stage have personal thoughts and ideas and even lives apart from their stage persona. Most of us know Kristyn Harris as a Texas girl who lives a western lifestyle with her horses and other four legged critters. We know she is a top notch entertainer with many awards. We know she writes songs and musical scores to go with them, so maybe it comes as no surprise that she is also a creative writer…then again maybe it is a surprise. It was for me.
Kristyn has graciously allowed the Poolville Post to reprint her blogs found on her website at www.kristynharris.com. If you never go to her website to find out more about her, please enjoy this peek into her creative mind. Her thoughts have an easy gait to them as she wanders through the process of deciding what to do on any given day.
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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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The Online Poolville Post is looking for local authors and writers who would be willing to contribute articles. I am working on several leads, but there is plenty of space. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested.
The next official Blue Moon will occur this year. We will certainly be looking for her next installment.
Every Monday David Sawyer "The Guy With The Guitar" hand writes a verse of scripture and sets it to music.
The message is always inspiring and the music is always impressive
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From the Fencepost
by Greg Bade
Life Ain't Always Hopscotch n' Lollipops
The emotional threat looms over the sunset almost as visibly as the heavily pregnant rain clouds, ready to keep its promise at any moment. I feel it with such realness that I could reach out and touch it, but there’s no need; it’s besieging me without any invitation. In fact, it has already notified the pit of my stomach and the rash and reckless portion of my brain that the world I know is on the brink of smithereens and skeletal remains...a feeling I never wanted to meet face to face again. My nerves twinge, fighting the oncoming searing sensation; bracing for the physical torrent, the pure manic abandon - but with rough success.
In my mind I’m underwater, pressed downward and downward, while I exert half an effort to swim to the surface, or at least upstream; devoid of desire to care whether I land spiked against a knifelike jumble of rocks, slapped there by a relentless and unfeeling current and left crumpled into lifeless seagull bait. Air is no longer a necessity; the weight on my chest won’t allow its intake.
A dreamlike state is the only way to continue functioning. I begin to imagine this morphing into a Disney screenplay - ‘the young girl, numb and broken, leaps aboard her mount in a blazing burst of emotion, and away they tear at a gallop into the swollen clouds and lightning as raindrops begin to batter her already tear-stained face (intense orchestra soundtrack)...’
And yet, somehow I’m still standing here, and moreover slogging through mud with bridle in hand, coaxing said mount to trust my hand to slide the headstall over her sensitive ear, which calls for more patience than I am able to conjure. Eventually aboard, I have higher hopes of a rocket-like escape, but her tender feet barely carry a trot... so we walk, and I cry harder.
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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You have to teach him to crave the trailer – thinking that it’s the best place in the world to be. In order to do that, work his feet outside of the trailer and let him rest inside the trailer.
To work the horse outside of the trailer, you can send him between you and the trailer from one side of your body to the other or you can lunge him in a circle around you, asking him to change directions every so often. It doesn’t really matter what you do with the horse outside of the trailer as long as you make his feet hustle and change directions as often as possible.
After several minutes of working the horse’s feet outside of the trailer, let him rest inside of the trailer. If he starts to kick, immediately back him out and put his feet to work again. If you’re consistent, it won’t take long for him to realize that standing still and being in the trailer is a good thing because if he kicks, there’s nothing but hard work waiting for him outside of the trailer. With repetition, he’ll learn to stand still, not kick and relax.
Some horses only start kicking when the trailer is moving. If that’s the case, load the horse in the trailer and drive around your property. As soon as he starts kicking, stop, unload him and make him hustle his feet. When he’s looking for a rest, load him in the trailer and let him relax.
Remember, the horse is kicking because he really doesn’t want to be in the trailer. If you can get the horse to think that the trailer is the greatest place in the world to be, he will no longer want to cause any problems in the trailer.
Horses That Kick in the Trailer
by Clinton Anderson
Because horses are prey animals, when they are made to go in tight, narrow spaces – such as a trailer – it’s natural for them to feel trapped and claustrophobic.
When a horse feels trapped and claustrophobic, and his ability to run and move his feet is taken away from him, his only other option he feels he has is to fight – kick, bite, strike or do whatever he can to survive the situation.
Photo Credit: Darrell Dodds
1863- Galveston, Texas- Confederates under John Bankhead Magruder retakes the city and holds it until the end of the Civil War.
1875- Dallas, Texas- the earliest verifiable gunfight involving Doc Holliday. He was gambling in a saloon owned by a man named Austin when an argument over a card hand caused them to fire single bullets at each other. Neither was injured and both parties decided to settle their differences without further gunplay.
1866- Texas- Fort Richardson is established.
1929- Texas- Bose Ikard, born a slave in July 1843 in, Mississippi later becoming one of the most famous black frontiersmen and trail drivers in Texas, died on this date. The young slave moved to Texas and grew to adulthood with his owner's family, learning to farm, ranch, and fight Indians as the Civil War drew near. The war left Bose a free man, and in 1866 he went to work for Oliver Loving as a trail driver. After Loving was killed by Comanche Indians in New Mexico Territory, Ikard continued in the service of Loving's partner, Charles Goodnight, for four years. The two men became lifelong friends. Goodnight later commented that he trusted Bose Ikard "farther than any living man. He was my detective, banker, and everything else in Colorado, New Mexico Territory, and the other wild country I was in." In 1869 Ikard wanted to settle in Colorado, but Goodnight persuaded him to buy a farm in Parker County, Texas, because there were so few blacks in Colorado. Ikard settled in Weatherford and began his family at a time when Indian attacks were still common in North Texas. In 1869 he participated in a running battle with Quanah Parker's Comanche band, riding alongside his former master, Milton Ikard. After Ikard's death, Goodnight bought a granite marker and wrote an epitaph for his old friend: "Bose Ikard served with me four years on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, never shirked a duty or disobeyed an order, rode with me in many stampedes, participated in three engagements with Comanches, splendid behavior."
1836- Texas- Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the siege at the Alamo.
1878- Texas- Indians reportedly killed 6 settlers in a raid 63 miles northwest of Presidio del Norte.
1869- Texas outlaw Cullen Baker was killed by a schoolteacher named Orr who had married Bakers ex-wife. Baker had once hung Orr but cut him down too soon in order to save his rope. Orr, with three others, followed Baker and an accomplice to a hideout in southeastern Arkansas, coming upon the two men just as they were squatting next to a fire, having lunch. Orr and the others did not call out to the outlaws to surrender, knowing what their answer would be. The teacher and his companions rode down on Baker and his henchman with their six-guns blazing, shooting both men dead on the spot. Orr found that his old adversary was a walking arsenal. Strapped to his side was a double-barreled shotgun. Baker was also wearing four six -guns, three derringers, and six knives. Also found on Baker's corpse was a carefully kept packet of newspaper clippings that described him as "the Arkansas brigand," and the most feared gunman in the Lone Star State who had spread "a reign of terror in Texas."
1899- Texas Ranger William Wallace, AKA Big Foot Wallace, died at the age of 82. He was born on April 3, 1817. He was given his alias when he moved to San Antonio to track down a thieving Indian known as “Big Foot” (he never got him). In 1842 Big Foot was part of a party of 159 prisoners ordered shot by General Santa Anna. The officer in charge would not shoot all of them but instead put 144 white beans and 16 black beans in a gourd and shooting only those who drew a black bean.
1880- Driftwood, Pennsylvania- Tom Mix was born. He went on to become America's greatest silent-film cowboy star. Before that he was a Texas Ranger and rodeo star. In 1909 Tom Mix rode on to the set of Ranch Life in the Great Southwest being filmed in Oklahoma. The next thing he knew, he was roping a steer on camera. By 1923, Mix was in the top 10 of highest paid film stars, with Mix and his horse, Tony, earning $4,000 a week. Sixteen years after his first walk-on, Tom Mix became the highest paid movie star to that time when Fox resigned him at $20,000 a week. The silent-film great was killed in an accident with a horseless carriage ending the era of the silent-film cowboy. Mix was a Pall Bearer in Wyatt Earps funeral.
1950- Tulsa, Oklahoma- outlaw Nathaniel Reed, AKA Texas Jack, died. In 1894 accompanied by Buss Luckey, Tom Root, Bill Smith, and a couple others, held up a Missouri pacific train near Muskogee in the Cherokee nation having been told that $60,000 was in the express car. The gang was driven off when Deputy U.S. Marshall “Bud” Ledbetter and three deputies opened fire from within the express car. A shot up Texas Jack slithered back into Arkansas where he was later arrested. Texas Jack was paroled in 1897 having seen the light preaching a warning for folks not to follow his example. He later appeared in a show called “Texas Jack, Train Robber”, and sold seventy thousand copies of “The Life of Texas Jack”.
1865- Dove Creek, Texas- 1,400 Kickapoo's defeat 370 members of the Texas militia who attacked them near San Angelo.
1901 Beaumont, Texas- Oil discovered at the Spindletop claim.
1846- President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.
1872- North Platte, Nebraska- Russian Grand Duke Alexis and to party are joined by one of their guides, William. F. Cody and Buffalo Bill's pal Texas Jack Omohundro.
1878- Texas- 2 civilians are killed in an Indian raid in Limpia Canyon. Two more are killed in Mason County.
1836- Texas- Sam Houston, the commander of the revolutionary troops, sent Colonel Jim Bowie and 25 men to San Antonio with orders to destroy the Alamo fortifications and retire eastward with the artillery. But Bowie and Neil agreed that it would be impossible to remove the 24 captured cannons without oxen, mules or horses. And they deemed it foolhardy to abandon that much firepower--by far the most concentrated at any location during the Texas Revolution. Bowie also had a keen eye for logistics, terrain, and avenues of assault. Knowing that General Houston needed time to raise a sizable army to repel Santa Anna, Bowie set about reinforcing the Alamo after Neil was forced to leave because of sickness in his family.
1874- Armed Democrats seize Texas govt. ending Radical Reconstruction.
1836- Texas- Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assist the defenders.
1685- Matagorda Bay, Texas - Rene-Robert Cavalier de La Salle (1643-1687) misses Mississippi, lands in Texas.
1877- Lampasas Texas- in the Matador Saloon, Merritt Horrell was shot to death by John Higgins after being accused of tampering with a herd as part of the Horrell-Higgins Feud. Earlier the six Horrell brothers, Ben, John, Mart, Merritt, Sam, and Tom, returned from the Civil War to rustle cattle and cause mayhem in Texas and New Mexico Territory in the 1870s.
1878-Texas- 2 civilians are killed in an Indian raid near Fort Duncan.
1876- Mobeetie, Texas- Bat Masterson was dancing with a saloon girl, when a local army sergeant, named King, took offense to the amount of time she spent with him. He left the saloon, only to return and open fire on the two, hitting both. As Bat was falling to the floor, he pulled his pistol and returned fire. Bat's aim was good and King fell to the floor with two bullets in him, dying a minute later. Bat had a bullet lodged in his hip, which caused him to limp thereafter. Another saloon girl, Molly Brennan, was killed by a stray bullet.
1878- Texas- the Sam Bass gang robs the Houston and Texas Central train at Allen station.
1858- Texas- Texas Ranger John S Ford was named supreme commander of all state forces by Governor Hardin R. Runnels. There were Indian uprisings from the Red River to the Rio Grande, and the governor was anxious to quell the threat by appointing a man of stature and forthright character. "I impress upon you the necessity of action and energy," the governor wrote. "Follow any and all trails of hostile or suspected hostile Indians you may discover, and if possible, overtake and chastise them if unfriendly."
1881-Sierra Diablo, Texas- In the last armed confrontation between whites and Indians in Texas, 15 Texas Rangers surprise 12 Apache warriors and 8 women and children, killing them all.
1933- the radio western, The Lone Ranger, was heard for the first time on this day. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and came to an end in late 1954. George Seaton (Stenius) was the first voice of the Lone Ranger. Jack Deeds and Earle Graser followed in the role. However, it was Brace Beemer who is best remembered as former Texas Ranger, John Reid. He played the part of the black-masked ranger, fighting for frontier justice for thirteen consecutive years.
Albert Payson Terhune was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1872 and died in 1942, also in New Jersey. After being schooled in Europe, he graduated from Columbia University in 1893. He joined the staff of The New York Evening World in 1894, and before he left in 1916, had written more than twelve books. He is perhaps best known for his books about dogs, the first of which was published in 1919. Between 1919 and his death he wrote twenty-five books, most of which were novels in which dogs played important roles. He is also remembered for raising and breeding prize collies.
In this short essay taken from Better Homes and Gardens from the early 1940’s, he offers a little insight into why, in some instances, our dogs might be smarter than we are.
"Perhaps it was Noah, contemplating the Ark’s two dogs, who coined the axiom, “To train a dog, you must know more than he does.”
It has come down through the years by reason of its truth. It might well be extended by, “And the best teacher can learn more than he can teach.”
Few of us have the faintest idea how much we can learn from our dogs. Far more, in a way, than they can hope to learn from us. For instance: Left to himself, your dog will eat only when he is hungry; drink only when he is thirsty. How many of us have mastered that supreme wisdom? How many of us have tried to? Yet there stands our living example. Instead of profiting by what he could teach us, we concentrate on teaching him far less important things.
Another instance: You go for a long hike with your dog; a strength straining hike. In the course of it you meet an acquaintance and stop to chat with him. As soon as Rover finds you are not going to move on for a few minutes, he lies down, relaxing every muscle and sinew, storing up new energy.
Meanwhile, though you are far more tired than he, you continue to stand. He is renewing waste tissue. You are not. Your tired body is still erect and tense. You resume the hike, more or less fatigued. Your dog resumes it, built up afresh from his short rest. He knows how and when to relax. You don’t.
Again: On a hot day, too often, you and I take needless exertion under the glare of the sun. We eat too much, and we gulp so-called cooling drinks. Our dogs are saner. If we call on them for no service, they seek the least torrid and dimmest spot they can find. There they snooze away the hot hours; coming gaily to life again in the cool of the sunset or dusk. We are worn out. They have eaten lightly, if at all, and lapped a little water now and then. We have been speeding up the heat’s ill-effects by swigging chilled liquids and by needless motion.
Your dentist bill is rather a stiff item in your budget. Chiefly by reason of the food you eat and lack of dental care. Your dog, in his natural state, will choose the foods best suited to his teeth. By bone-gnawing, etc., he will keep his teeth and gums and jaws in prime condition. At sixty, as a rule, your dental system is a mess. At nine or ten (which corresponds roughly with the human age of sixty), your dog’s teeth are still finely serviceable unless you have forced on him a diet as foolish as your own.
I have touched only on physical matters – and on but a handful of those – in which your dog excels you and wherein you could learn from him. There are a score of less tangible and perhaps more important traits he could teach you.
When your dog is sick – and in normal conditions his illnesses are incredibly few – he keeps his woes to himself and does his best to be alone and to trouble nobody. When death is nearing, he tries to go away somewhere in solitude; so saving those he loves the burdens of bother and expense which crowd upon human deathbeds.
Here are some of the more intangibles; Rejection of needless worry, Common sense, Patience, Gay loyalty, A calmly perfect philosophy that takes life as it comes and asks no unanswerable questions, A shining quality of forgiveness, A ninety percent inability to brood or to sulk or nurse useless grudges, A genius for reading human moods.
Yes, we could all learn much from our dogs, all of us. But the chances are that we won’t. It is so much easier to teach than to learn."
I recently gave into all the Christmas movies being shown on television and watched The Man Who Invented Christmas, the story of Charles Dickens as he wrote A Christmas Carol. To my surprise, I enjoyed the story very much, so the next day I gave into the haunting tickle I had in my brain and decided to re-read the story.
It was easy enough to do since my mother gave me a thirty-five volume set of Dickens’ complete works somewhere along my journey in academia. The set, of course, is not just a set of books. It is one of those very impressive sets of books that looks terribly official – all bound in green leather with gold filigree on each cover. On each back there are more delicate designs with the words “Charles Dickens” inscribed, and below that, a notification stating “Complete Works.” Below that is the title of the volume, in this case “Christmas Books.”
Inside there is the obligatory introduction, a preface for the volume, and finally the contents: “A Christmas Carol” in five staves, each stave written in Roman Numerals, then “The Chimes,” “The Cricket of the Hearth,” “The Battle of Life,’ and lastly, “The Haunted Man.”
Finally there are the intricate illustrations woven thoughtfully throughout the text. No flashy color prints here, only black and white drawings reminiscent of the mid 1800’s, and before each full page illustration, a piece of onion skin thin paper, presumably to absorb any un-dried ink at the time of printing.
As I open the book there is a very pleasant scrunch as each page yields to my fingers, the sound of a book too long resting on the shelf. Then there is that wonderful smell – perhaps a bit musty, but it lingers in the air as the story unfolds to remind me that I am reading an old story and a story worth reading..
I find myself delighting in Dickens’ descriptive style and humor, something that was wasted on me for decades, and I find that I am carrying the book with me everywhere I go so that I can get to the next page even though I know how the story will end. As I read and turn each page, I immerse myself in the mystery of this man and his craft, in his ability to spin a story, and I imagine I am reading the story for the first time back in December of 1843.
Even when I must close the book, there is that final memory of reading a fine text in a fine cover …there is the placing of the gold ribbon attached to the binding in the page, a reminder to come back and finish what I started. No more than a quarter inch in width, it extends from the bottom of the page about an inch, only slightly frayed, perhaps by design.
What an elegant experience for a ghost story!
The Experience of Reading