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Three 'cowgirls' — or is it 'horsewomen?'


Three 'cowgirls' — or is it 'horsewomen?'
The foal, Romeo


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April 29, 2011
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Three cowgirls ...or shall I say "horsewomen"?

Two ladies, Michele and Barbara were getting their hair colored. Well, we say “colored” but maybe the word is “dyed”, hence the name of the salon. "Curl up and Dye". I say “beauty shop”. You say "hair salon". But I am old-fashioned.

Michele and Barbara both live on a ranch and love horses, board horses, and trains horses, like Jettie who does our hair-the hair stylist. Michele is Jettie’s partner on her ranch of Arabian Horses. The ranch is Kindred Spirits Ranch in Wilson County. Barbara is from Kentucky and raised thoroughbred horses for years. Now she is retired and living in Wilson County, but still has a horse and is a member of several trail-riders groups, so she rides all the time loves horses.

The women talked about their horses, training and riding them, and Michele
described the birth of a foal two weeks ago, which was surprising to them, turned out to be a mule! I had already heard the story from Jettie, but it was Michele’s filly that had the foal, She had bought it from a horse trader last September, and man didn’t know the horse was pregnant. It was months before they knew the filly was going to have a baby, and they didn’t know what the foal would look like. I found out horses are pregnant for 11 months!

Jettie kept teasing her that it was going to be a mule, Well, the salon was full of laughter as Michele described the birth and how the foal came out head first with big eyes and very long ears! They were very shocked and described the scene and how they were laughing hysterically when the foal finally came out. She was expecting a pretty little baby horse and she had a pretty little baby mule.
They named him Romeo, and they love him. They said they have already had people wanting to buy Romeo. But they will keep him.

As we all laughed at the story, I looked at the three women, Jettie, Michele and Barbara, clad in jeans and cowboy boots, and I could see their boots all worn, dirty, dusty, had seen better days. I was thinking to myself, if those boots could talk, they would tell the stories of women who spend most of their time feeding horses, doctoring horses, riding horses, training horses, nurturing horses, worrying about their horses when they were sick or hurt, but mostly loving them.

Those boots told me more about those three “cowgirls” than words would ever say.
When I went to Tractor Supply last week, I ran into Jettie and Michele. It was a hot day in Floresville, and the girls were in a shirts, shorts and those old worn dirty cowboy boots and they looked gorgeous. They had come in for feed for the horses..Jettie said it was hot enough for shorts, but they had to wear boots to protect them from rattlesnakes, thorns and whatever else was on the ground, because tennis shoes were useless on a ranch.

I wish I had had my camera that day and yesterday, to capture the three horsewomen who were very happy with their life doing what they love. I saw them as Strong Texas Women.

When you ask God to guide you every day and lead you to the people He wants you to talk to, life is a blast, and exciting, and you don't have time to feel sorry for yourself or feel lonely.When you love people as I do, I am content with my life. I decided years ago, I will bloom where I am planted. And right now I am planted in Wilson County.

I love living in a small town and on the edge of ranches and farms. I am so glad I came back to my roots!


 
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Brent Tubre  
Floresville, TX  
May 2, 2011 7:51am
 
 
I always wondered what folks saw in mules. Now I know. How could you not love that little guy?
 

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