Monday, March 1, 2010

New Kid On The Block


He's here! He's here! The new guy has arrived!


On Sunday, The Desert Rose and two other friends hauled out from the desert to ride with us. They also made a special delivery.


This would be the outlaw, Crow, or better yet, Dirty Chicken, as he is registered. Those of you who follow The Desert Rose may have heard of him. Born and broke in South Dakota, AQHA registered and heavily foundation-bred, he is one heck of a horse. If you can ride him.


While continually bucking people off during his training, it was discovered that he could work and track a cow like no other. In an effort to wear the horse down enough to be ridden, they roped 60-70 head off him a day. He still holds a little grudge towards humans for that.

Cowboy H even dressed up for the occasion.

He was eventually brought to California, and became the top roping horse for Cowboy H's old boss. Occasionally he was used as a guide horse for the stables' trail rides, which is how Cowboy H got to know him. Cowboy H actually rode him quite a bit, and has always loved him. Even after the ankle-breaking incident, he still loves him.


But, Cowboy H also knows that he can never be fully trusted. As he puts it, "Crow is a rattlesnake." Everyone who has ridden him (except me!) has not only been bucked off, but had a bone broken in the process. (In everyone else's defense, I only rode him once, and the trail we rode was so rough that there was never an opportunity to screw around. So, I kinda cheated. ;))


After much fussing and picture taking, Cowboy H led Crow out to the big pasture where he will be living.


We had a big ride to get going on, otherwise we would have spent a little more time with him before turning him out.


Plus the poor guy was a little freaked out by all the commotion. For as wicked as this horse can be to a rider, he is really just a big wienie. While leading him to the pasture, Cowboy H mentioned "I have a feeling poor old Crow's going to be at the bottom of the food chain".


Sure enough, when we returned from our ride, there he was all alone, crying out for Cowboy H.

Now, you may (or should) be asking yourself, "Why would you want such a horse?". First, he was free. Secondly, sometimes the pull a horse has on a man cannot be explained. Third, Cowboy H's feet will no longer hang below his horse's belly.

Cowboy H put his first ride (in 4 years) on him yesterday. I will have the pictures up in the next few days.

So, what do you think of our new guy? Would you have taken him??


  1. Wow, what a history on that boy! I think I have heard about that horse from the DR.
    I know what you mean about the pull of a horse on a man, my OH is the same way about our Paint, but she hasn't broken any bones, yet, only broken confidence!
    Congrats on the new horse. Can't wait to see the pictures of Cowboy H riding him!!

  2. He's a cool looking horse. With quite a story! How old is he? You got some really nice pics of him and Cowboy H! Curious to see the riding ones, I don't believe the legs don't pass the belly, LOL! :)

  3. Congratulations on your new member of the family! I hope Cowboy H has lots of fabulous trail rides on him!

  4. Great pictures! Looking foward to seeing more!

  5. Oh he's gorgeous!! That really is an amazing story about how Cowboy H is so pulled to him! One just has to admire the fact that he is not intimidated by his record! I might be LOL!! Can't wait to see the riding pictures!!

  6. Ya...who wouldn't want a Dirty Chicken,bone breaking,no one can ride, double barreled kicker bronc... over a sweet, steady, gentle, trust worthy mount???

  7. Crow doesn't look much bigger than Cowboy H's other horse actually. And if I had to choose between a free horse that broke my ankle or a kind gentle horse that never broke anything on my body, I'd choose the horse that my feet happen to dangle a bit below the belly.

    Cowboys love short stocky horses anyway. :)

    Congrats on the new horse. He sure is handsome with a wild look in his eyes. But I love that he has a heart....on his forehead. Cool!



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