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B. Rauf
A Farrier's Prayer

Dear Lord, give me strength to start this day
And wisdom and courage to face whatever I encounter in my travels.

Even though my work with horses is difficult and dangerous,
Grant me patience for his flighty and unpredictable ways,
And keep me safe from harm as I do my task.

Let me remember that my satisfaction comes from helping
A lame horse to go sound, and a sound one to do his job with comfort.

Help me to have patience with my fellow humans, and to remember that
Most love their horses and want what is best for them.

Let me have respect and fellowship with my peers, so that we are
Not alone in this complex and challenging vocation.

Remind me that while my work is important, faith and family should
Come first; help me to schedule my days to reflect these priorities

And at the end of the day, when my mind and body are tired,
Help me remember why I chose this profession,
And never let me never lose fascination and reverence for this
Wonderful creature You have given us, the horse.

For all of us that has ever loved a dog...........this is very very
touching.........take a moment and watch please.

The Amazing Skidboot is the smartest dog you'll ever see. He gained worldwide fame with his tricks, but had to give up performing once he started going blind.

Skidboot passed away in 2007. I'm sure he is waiting for Dave at the Rainbow Bridge.

To watch Skidboot's video, and it IS WONDERFUL, please click below. It will open in a new window, so coming back here will be easy. 



Things NOT To Say To A Horse Owner


Riding isn't a sport, the horse does all the work. If you kept the house as neat as you do the barn, we wouldn't have to look for things. Sure, I can ride. I went riding on my vacation two years ago. Your horse is only worth what someone will pay you for him. Oh - you're going to breed her... how long will it take her to have a litter? Gosh - your horse trailer cost more than your house! Shouldn't that saddle in your front room be in the barn? Why do you have so many horses? You can only ride one at a time. Geez- It's ONLY a horse! How much did you say you paid for those shoes? ____ is old and you don't ride him anyway, why don't you sell him? Did you know that your horse is foaming at the mouth? The way you treat that horse, you'd think it was part of your family. I heard that Dr Phil said that owning a horse is good exercise - for the horse. Haven't you outgrown that horse "thing" yet? Any phrase containing the word "hayburner" If you spent as much time with your husband as you do your horse, you'd have a happier marriage. My car/boat/motorcycle just sits in the garage until I need it. You have a Quarter Horse? Where's the rest of him? Did you step in something? Your boots stink. Should you still be riding at your age? When can we come to ride? You have to buy hay? Can't they just eat grass? What, I shouldn't wear flip-flops out to your barn? Do you have any clothes besides jeans & horse t-shirts? Why do you take lessons? I thought you knew how to ride. The baby horse is so cute - (when referring to an aged PONY) You should show that horse who's boss, then he'll do what you want! My teen is so lazy. I'll send him/her to your place-maybe you can get him/her to work! How many more times are you going to let that horse throw you off before you give it up? Do horses really have a personality? Eew! Horse poop. How do you walk around here? So where do you get all of your money? I know you have money, cause you've got horses. Doesn't it hurt when you fall off? Your barn is cleaner than your house. Imagine how much money you'd have if you didn't have all these horses to feed! Why put your vet's/farrier's kids through college? You could be taking a vacation! Your horse's only talent is stimulating the economy. You have horses... you must be RICH! Are you sure he can breathe with that thing (girth) wrapped around his gut? Why don't you train him to go outside like a dog, instead of in his stall? You paid HOW much? 

©Gina Keesling - www.hoofprints.com

Okay Gina, Hope this is sufficient and THANK YOU!


When I am Old...
I shall wear diamonds
And a wide brimmed straw hat
With silver and leather on it
and I shall spend my social security
On white wine and carrots
And sit in the alley of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out
in the middle of a summer's night
And ride the chestnut mare
Across the moonstruck meadow.
If my old bones will allow.

When people come to call I will smile and nod
As I walk them past the gardens to the barn
And show, instead, the beauty growing there
In stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and
Wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.
And I will be an embarrassment to all
Who look down on me.
They've not yet found the peace in being free
To love a horse as a friend,
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With nuzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am Old.
Author Unknown



"Somewhere...somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go.

For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again."
-Stanley Harrison



A Rider's Prayer
Dearest Creator in Heaven,
Give me strength to guide my horse.
Make my hands soft and my head clear.
Let my horse understand me and I him.

My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals.
Let me never lose sight of it.
My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them.
Let that need never lessen.

Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head.
Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker.
Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me.
Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile.

I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm.
The grace and splendor of a running horse,
The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar.
Let it always be so.

Dearest Creator grant me patience,
For horses are harnessed wind, and wind can be flighty.
Let me not frighten or harm them.
Instead show me ways to understand them.

Above all, dear Creator, fill my life with them.
When I pass from this world,
Send my soul to no heaven without them.
For this love you have given me graces my existence
And I shall cherish it and praise You for it for all time.

Author Unknown


Quarter Horse Rider

Album: Best of Don Edwards

You can find this as a song, (it is better that way too) on Michael Martin Murphy's CD, "Horse Legends."  Trust me, if you love Country Music and horses, you'll love it.


Well, they mixed a little Celtic with Spanish blood
And a dash of thoroughbred
So the legend begins of America's horse
A horse with a level head

If he's cuttin' cattle out on the range
Or making some cowboy shine
There's never been a horse like America's horse
Crossin' that finish line

Oh, yes, I'm a quarterhorse rider
Saddle up and let me run
America's horse won't let you down
When there's runnin' or work to be done
And there's work to be done

Oh, give me a pony that's got some sense
And knows how to work a cow
A horse that's rugged and keeps his head
And takes off runnin' right now

You can bet your money and bet your boots
When he runs that quarter mile
To tie that calf in money time
All the fans in the stands go wild

Oh, yes, I'm a quarterhorse rider
Saddle up and let me run
America's horse won't let you down
When there's runnin' or work to be done
And there's work to be done

All the names of the ones that went before
Will live on through all time
Old Janus, and Sir Archie, and Colonial Dave
Started a great blood line
There was Steel Dust Traveler Old Codet
Little Joe King, Peter McHugh
Yellowjack, Cowboy, ol' Joe Bailey
Jenny and Daniel Moore too
There was Shiloh, Billy and Locks Rondoe
How old Dan Tucker could run
Old Fred, South ??? Cocktail Colonel
And Joe Hancock, the mighty one
There was Memphis and Birmingham and __ too
And the Oklahoma stud
Old Carl, Joe Reed, Brian and Bob
Leo, and Doc Bar

Cowboy Quotes, Sayings, and Wisdom

  • Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
  • Don't squat with your spurs on.
  • Don't judge people by their relatives.
  • Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.
  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  • Talk slowly, think quickly.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don't interfere with something that ain't botherin' you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • It's better to be a has-been that a never-was.
  • The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm.
    The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
  • If it don't seem like it's worth the effort, it probably ain't.
  • It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
  • Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.
  • Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
  • Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Generally, you ain't learnin' nothing when your mouth's a-jawin'.
  • Tellin' a man to get lost and makin' him do it are two entirely different propositions.
  • If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there with ya.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.
  • When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
  • Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back.
  • Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's sure crucial to know what it was.
  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.
  • You can't tell how good a man or a watermelon is 'til they get thumped.(Character shows up best when tested.)
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn't it follow that cowboys would be deranged?




John Wayne


"Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much."
Reportedly, this quote was an acting tip from John Wayne to fellow actor Michael Caine.

"Any man who'd make an X-rated movie ought to have to take his daughter to see it."

"Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway."

Inscription on Mr. Wayne's Headstone:

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  Comes into us at midnight very clean.  It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday."


Roy Rogers

"When my time comes, just skin me and put me up there on Trigger, just as though nothing had ever changed."

Jack Sorenson-

Jack Sorenson is a renowned Western artist, and best-selling artist for Leanin' Tree, America's largest Western-themed greeting card company.  He grew up on his father's dude ranch and movie set, in Texas. 

"I didn't have the guts to become an artist, I had the ignorance." 

"...God gave me my talent and I was afraid of facing him one day if I didn't use it."