|July 13, 2016
A Cowboy, His Horse, And His Dogs
"Home is where the heart is.....Random musings, observations...
A boy, his horse and his dogs ......'riding the river together'
~ 'Home is where the heart is' 7/12/16 ©SBDS2016 All Rights Reserved
This evening, I perused several photos a friend shared on Facebook that they had taken of their son riding his horse into the river and his dogs following, swimming behind him to the other side.
Those photos reminded me of a saying ' someone to ride the river with', that have often heard throughout my life and contemplated the meaning of it several times. A few years ago my curiosity peaked if there was more to the saying that what one thought it meant, so did a little research. It appears to have been taken from a cowboy saying from way back yonder.. 'he'll do to ride the river with".
On the trail drives when relocating cattle from one place to another or taking them to be sold and transported elsewhere, often a river needed to be crossed that may have been quickly flooded with swift currents, or flash floods from miles away. This can come up quite suddenly and a herd caught in one puts them in jeopardy. No river crossing was same. A cowboy who would go into a watery swirling, fast moving current to help another cowboy and would risk his life to do so is indeed a brave one. He is also a strong and loyal friend. If he will do that, then he is a person who can be counted on and reliable, in other words 'someone to ride the river with...' a trusted companion.'
Since I've never ridden a horse into a river, but, have had friends who have, it seems it doesn't get much better for a young cowboy or cowgirl for that matter, to be on the back of a horse and 'man's best friend' following along on the trail enjoying a hot afternoon cooling off at the river.
One would suspect that young cowboy will always have someone to 'ride the river with....' ~ 'Home is where the heart is' 7/12/16 ©SBDS2016 All Rights Reserved
Quotes to ponder upon....
"A dog may be man's best friend, but the horse wrote history." ~Author Unknown
"Choosing the right trail is easy. Leavin’ behind those unwillin’ to ride with you is the hard part." Author unknown
"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." ~Winston Churchill