Friday, March 11, 2011

Cowgirl Up

I wanted to take the first part of this post to send some sweet well-wishes to my Cousin B who took a spill from a horse she was riding this past week. The horse jumped sideways and she came off.  She was wearing her helmet but did injure her back and has had to spend a few nights in the hospital.

Cousin Betsy and the handsome Quarter Horse Jesse (not the horse she was riding when she took a fall.)

Horses are amazingly beautiful and fun to ride. They can also be big, dangerous animals. I have been riding since I was 7 years old. I ride with more caution then I did as a teenager. I always wear a helmet. I also try to be very aware of my environment and read my horse's behavior. Last summer I took my horse out on a 3 hour trail ride to a river. Halfway into the ride my horse started getting a bit crazy and dangerous (which is very unlike him.) To make a long story short I had made a change in his equipment before this ride, which contributed to his acting up. It was a foolish mistake on my part and although all ended okay in the end, I was put into some situations in which I was very uncomfortable and could have severely injured me. Not to mention how it affected my confidence the next few times I rode my horse, after being in such a scary situation.

Me and my "stinker." 

Dear B, I know that learning to ride these past years has taken a lot of courage and spirit, with which you have approached with amazing tenacity, love, and focus. I hope this doesn't cause you to have second thoughts about your dream of owning your own horse. I am thinking of you and wish that you are feeling better and back in the saddle before you know it!

On to my newest "Friday Favorite Find." My friend and I love cowboy boots and probably have a competing amount at around 9 pairs each. We recently discovered a used/vintage cowboy boot shop and I found myself a new pair! Another woman was trying on boots in my size and she had them on for a while, then gave them up.

The brand name is Boulet, they are made in Canada. I am not sure they are vintage, but they don't appear to one of their current styles. They are very comfortable. And the gray tones are unique and unlike anything I have (aren't the silver toe tips great?) I will get a lot of wear out of these boots!

Do you have a pair of cowboy boots?



Marydon said...

Tara, what beautiful pictures. I hope that your cousin heals quickly ... love those silver toe boots! But oh, how I love those horses, they are such beautiful creatures.

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
Have a lovely PS weekend ~


Kim said...

Cowboy boots and aprons are my favorite things to wear. Picking my clothes for the day usually starts with the boots. Love those! They are gorgeous!

Hope your cousin gets back in the saddle soon.

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE your horse and your boots are great!!;)Rachel

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Town and Country Gals said...

Your horse is beautiful! So glad to know someone else who loves and rides horses! I'm very jealous, I haven't ridden in a long time and miss it a lot! Unfortunately, there are going to be those times hopefully few and far between, when we get into sticky situations no matter how well we know our equine friends! Hope your cousin feels better soon and that it doesn't stop her from the joy of riding! Looking forward to learning 7 new things about you!
P.S. Those boots are fab, I don't have any yet but have borrowed my daughter's. They are on my list to get! There are a lot of great boot shops here in Nashville!

Dusty Devoe said...

What a great treasure to find. Luv them

blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Wow, 9 pairs! I think I'm having boot envy :-) I only have one pair of cowboy boots, but I'd love a few more.
I hope your cousin is doing better. Have a wonderful weekend.

cowgirljlynn said...

Wow, it is a good thing that your feet are smaller than mine or I would have to steal them..They would look great on me with my King!!!

Sares said...

Always having to match her clothes and boots to that darn King! There cute. I hope nobody gets out of line with you or you might have to kick them in the hiney! Poor Cousin B. She really put herself in a pickle! I hope you heals up nice and quick and can get back in the saddle again soon!

Desert Rose said...

Great looking boots!!! Cousin B is very upset that she will not be able to hit the trail with the Sissy's this week! I have the week planned out for them...they will need a vacation after their vacation. think they can do 6 hour ride?

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

You are so lucky to have a horse Michelle. I've always wanted one ever since I was little and used to beg and beg my parents for one. Love your boots :)

Cousin B said...

Thank you cousin for the nice feature article. Yes, horses can be dangerous and I am going be healing from these fractures in my spine for some time. Very frustrating because I'm not one to sit idle. I am very sad that I won't be riding with those of you who are coming to PS. I do hope to see you and get to spend some time together! And, I love your boots!