Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Almost wordless Wednesday

I took a lot of pictures of the saddles at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. Here are a few that didn't make the cut for Tuesday's post. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Moving on

This morning I woke up bright and early and drove Carol to the airport.
After that, I made trips to the grocery store and orthodontist...
before heading out to the barn.
By the time I got there, the weather had taken a turn for the worse.
I opted not to ride. Instead I scraped the mud off Santana and took him for a walk.
Santana was totally on board with this descision. 
It's been more than twelve years since I first started taking Carol's daughter to the barn with me. We've had a lot of great adventures in the years since then. I will miss her greatly, but life goes on.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Some of the saddles

I didn't take individual pictures of all of the saddles at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame because that would be ridiculous, even for me.
Still, I couldn't resist taking multiple shots of some of the more interesting pieces, such as this Bear Trap Saddle built by Fred Meuller in 1924.
The oversized, swept-back swells were designed to hold a rider in the seat. 
These saddles were favored by cowboys who broke horses for a living. 
Here's another Bear Trap saddle. This one was built by R.T. Frazier in 1925.
This is a Newton Brothers Mother Hubbard saddle from 1910.
Mother Hubbard saddles became popular after the Civil War and were closely associated with cattle trails. 
The most prominent feature of this style of saddle is the single piece draping of leather over the saddle tree. This was originally known as a mochila
The next saddle is a Mexican Santa Fe type saddle. The date and maker of this saddle are unknown, but it's a style that was common in the early 1800's.
Lastly, we have this lovely side saddle.
Built by an unknown maker in the late 1800's, its design, construction and functionality indicate that it was manufactured in the Eastern United States. Very few side saddles of this ear were built by Western Saddle makers.
The large skirt is designed to prevent its rider's dress from being soiled.
The historic saddle collection was my favorite part of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. I look forward to going back someday, if just to spend more time with these saddles! 

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is located alongside I-25 on the north side of Colorado Springs. Every time I drive past it, I think, "I should go there." But I never do. There are so many other things to do in Colorado Springs, and honestly, I'm just not that into rodeo.
This might have gone on for another decade or two, had Carol not taken a job in Germany. We decided we needed to do all the things! before she left, and way down at the bottom of our list was the the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
So after years of talking about it, yesterday I finally visited the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
The museum is almost exactly what I expected. It's filled with rodeo art,
rodeo memorabilia...
and rodeo tack. 
The Hall of Fame...
pays tribute to rodeo legends of both the human...
and animal variety. 
Most of the exhibits are inside, but there's also a nice, sculpture-filled courtyard in the back. 
Next to that,  a rodeo arena and a barn,
which currently houses a small family of bucking horses.
Even though neither of us are really into rodeo, 
Carol and I both enjoyed browsing through the exhibits.
There's so much to see...
and all of it... 
is beautifully displayed.
 Of course, the saddles were my favorite.
Most of them are kept behind glass...
but right at the end there is a room filled with old saddles on saddle stands.
I loved this room!
It turns out that you don't need to be a big rodeo fan to enjoy the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. There's enough here to appeal to any horse lover. I am so glad I finally went. I love forward to going again.