Pony Express


Pony Express
Cowboy Poetry

Go Boy's Amber Lady and Harold Roy Miller share a laugh.

By Harold Roy Miller

All my life, from day one it seems,
owning a horse has consumed my dreams.
I was intrigued with horses right from the start
and the four-hoofed critters captured my heart.

I would wear a little western hat of felt
and two cap pistols on my plastic gun belt.
Then I’d straddle a stick from our pile of wood
and ride that “horse” around the neighborhood.

Later on, when I was a grade school tyke,
I’d visualize a horse when I rode my bike.
I’d pretend I was taking a horseback ride
as I pedaled across the desert countryside.

This dream didn’t stop even in high school,
for I was still a horse-loving fool.
I lived in town and hung out with the cool gang
but the car I drove was a Ford Mustang.

For years I labored in the city grind,
but horses always lingered in the back of my mind.
Finally I decided to pursue my own course
and went out and bought myself a real live horse.

I kept my equine dream alive
and my one little horse soon became five.
It’s incredible how much money I spend
but I don’t want my horse dream to ever end.Hoof Print


Whether buying a horse for pleasure or show,
what it’s called is something you’ll want to know.
It just could be the horse’s name will reflect
the kind of behavior that you can expect.

For example, if a horse’s moniker is Thunderstruck,
it’s a pretty sure bet it’ll kick or buck.
If you purchase one called Tornado or Hurricane,
you’ll more than likely feel your share of pain.

If they’re dubbed Twister, Cyclone or Inferno,
smarten up, get a clue, and let these horses go.
Perhaps I should give you a little hint -
they didn’t get disaster names by accident.

Titles like Stormy, Lightning or Gale Force
could indicate more spirit than you desire in a horse.
Rocket, Flash and Streaker usually designate speed,
and could have more acceleration than the rider will need.

Some names are generic in nature, of course,
and have nothing to do with the behavior of the horse;
but it just could highlight its outstanding traits,
or at least a characteristic that it often demonstrates.

A user friendly name is what you are looking to find.
Horses with these handles are usually gentle and kind.
Names like Sweet Lily, Great Lady, and Perfect Mood,
could say a great deal about that horse’s attitude.

Nice titles like Honey Pie, Romeo, or I’m Pure Gold
are the kinds of names that will get a horse sold.
Those labels really help affirm your mission
to find a horse with a friendly disposition.

You may think this is an absurd claim
about horse behavior, and what’s in a name.
I don’t want to argue or have a long discourse;
just consider its name when you are buying a horse. Hoof Print

About the author:

Harold Roy Miller was born in Mississippi, raised in Arizona and now lives with his wife in Nevada on a small ranch raising gaited horses. Harold is a security guard for the Nevada National Guard and he writes cowboy poetry, mostly about horses, for fun.