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I went riding this past Sunday. One of my friends had a horse with only
three rides to its history. This is the same horse that (a couple months
ago) decided to taste the paint on my newest truck, while I was fixing
fence in the pasture. I was chopping roots out of a replacement fence
post hole, when I heard a horrible scraping noise. It was my driver side
mirror being raked by teeth. So, the horse owed me.
This horse is more
curious than most. Real friendly sort. He’s full grown. Just acts like
he’s 6 months old. The owner told me he wasn’t very broke. Didn’t
quite understand right, left, go or stop. This proved true.
Some horses, you have
to get onto if they don’t do right. Some horses, you can pony behind
another till it catches the drift of what a horse is supposed to do.
Some horses are just too smart for all of that. Young Dobbin didn’t
care to follow a leader. Young Paintster didn’t care to do much except
nose my right boot while I tried to turn right. Young Mirror Terror was
so Not Upset by using a rein’s end to promote the learning of
directions, that I think he’ll make a fine roping prospect. (I don’t
slap ‘em. I like to spin that rein just off his head to get him to
move away from it. Didn’t work.)
So, while my riding
partner was laughing at my predicament, Young Palomentor and I were
patiently learning each other. Not a buck. Not a spur. Not a rear. Not a
strike. Just steady study. Like we were playing chess, or checkers. Two
potential champions. No heavy breathing. No threats. Just study.
Well after about 20
minutes, the horse figured me out. If he went where I advised, he got
his itch rubbed, soft words, and to really do whatever he wanted. Plus,
grain and a massage. Plus, I clean all the tack. 4th ride. 1st
with me. And I’m trained. What a good horse!
Christmas Tip: Cowboy Hats For Children:
are some of the best choices for your child? Although some of us know
exactly what we need for the horse show, or rodeo, most parents might be
wondering what to do with all these selections. Some are really durable.
Some are really like Daddy's. Once we figure which hat, then we need to
figure the size, don’t we. Do you need to know about the shape of your
child’s head? What is a long oval or a regular oval, anyway?
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you are showing your horses, you know that a nice Stetson
Jr. hat will work. If you bend towards rodeo or buckaroo dress, then
Bailey / Renegade has a nice
selection of bound edge hats. Our children have usually grown up with
hats, and understand how to care for a hat like “Daddy’s”. Even if
they are too young to know, we put those hats on and take them off just
before natural curiosity makes a mess! Mine, when young, had both show
and everyday hats. (Seems they still do.)
you simply need a good hat for your child to play with, Western
Express makes a good alternative. Through them, Cultured Cowboy can
offer several popular colors in a sturdy child’s hat. The hat is made
from a plastic form that is covered with a polyester felt. Children can
pull down the sides, pop up their front, drop it, throw it, and with a
wire in the edge of the brim, it’s easy to shape the hat over and over
and brown are probably our most popular colors; but royal blue, white,
and pink can make a dream come true.
around the head with a tailor’s tape, or a string, where the hat
should rest. (You can then measure the string with a ruler.) We can
convert inches to sizes for you. With Children’s hats, many have
comfort bands inside. These comfort bands are elasticized and stretch to
fit most children, with a 1-Size hat. (This simplifies an order when
your grandchild is two states away.)
elastic comfort bands fit either rounded heads or long oval heads
easily. Look at the top of your child’s head. If it is longer from
front to back than side to side, it is a long oval. If the head looks
round, it needs a round oval. Yes, some heads are egg shaped and some
look almost square. God makes us all wonderfully, sometimes
you Email us a picture of your child’s face, we can even shape the
brim so that it best complements your child’s facial features. Then
pack it to ship. If you want to do this yourself, look at the jawline
and have the angles of the brim match the child’s jaw angles. This
Christmas, you can tie on a gold or green or red ribbon, around the
outside of the hat’s crown. A sprig of holly, cedar, or pine on the
left side can make dandy seasonal “Macaroni”. (Macaroni is the
ornamentation, like a feather, that sticks up, out of the outer hatband.
“Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it Macaroni”.) You
can tie your rope or ribbon at the back and let it trail off the rear
brim. I have often used a pony bead to fasten, or adorn the ribbons.
have even taken a “Santa Hat” and placed over the crown for
Christmas. This looks pretty good on an adult hat too.
Shipping & Handling on a hat has to do with
size of box more than weight. You can usually ship 2 for the
same price as 1. Depending on size of box and distance, S&H
is $8.89 to $14.89 for most of the continental USA.
Newest Bound edge Children's hats
Black binding and 2 cord hat band on Pecan colored wool felt hat.
One size fits
Tan binding and 2 cord hat band on Black colored wool felt
One size fits
Black binding and 2 cord hat band on Black colored wool felt
One size fits
Tan binding and 2 cord hat band on Brown colored wool felt
One size fits
Brown binding and 2 cord hat band on Brown colored wool felt
One size fits
Tan binding and 2 cord hat band on Pecan colored wool felt
One size fits
Christmas Décor for Busy Cowboys:
Sometimes, we’re too
busy to “Christmas Up” our whole living area. So here are some tips
we gathered for Christmas decorating, without losing your Cowboy flavor.
Bring in one of your rodeo or ranch ropes. Coil it pretty. I
added a wrap of green garland, but gold or silver will do as nicely.
Hang some Montana Silver Ornaments, red berries, or whatever you have,
around the strands. Tie a ribbon into a nice bow on the top or bottom.
Shannon gathered some
large honeysuckle vines cut off our fence line, and wrapped them into an
abstract wreath. (It won’t finish round, but looks better kinda ovaled
anyway. Ditto the Christmas trim. We changed the trim for several
seasons last year. The vine wreath looks like it’ll go another year.
Any cactus, or fichus,
or other trees already in your home? Add some clear lights. Then add
popcorn strings or whatever you like. Perhaps a roll or two of that
ribbon with wire in each edge can roll from the top of the tree toward
the bottom. Put a good topper on it and maybe some matching ribbon
around the pot it’s in. There you go!
After Christmas, the clear lights can stay to add romance to the
room. (Better than a soft lamp!) - Dana
I take the fake
sunflowers out of my kitchen and switch them with poinsettias.
There is always mistletoe in an oak tree, so I shoot it out, or
cut it off with my knife. (Depending on the height.)
You might bake some Cowboy Cookies from the last newsletter and
trade a plate to a tree surgeon, or logger, for some good mistletoe.
Hang it right over the kitchen sink area. Best excuse in the world to
make washing dishes more fun! Bright colors and a happy wife always make
a guy happy to come home. - Joe
I saw one family take a
tennis ball, cut one side out, spray paint it red, and put it on the
mounted deer. Should work with elk, maybe buffalo.
Got a mud room, or an
entry with pairs of dirty boots? What if you get some silk poinsettias
and put a bunch in each boot top. Won’t they look sharp, all in a row!
Spray paint your old
horseshoes and set them around. Put a nice candle in the center space,
or a small Christmas ornament. Somebody said that paint was too
much…just tie a nice ribbon about. I do keep a box of red candles that I like to use all over
the place. (Romance again.) They’re good through Valentines Day!
We love our horses. Do we really want all our Christmas décor from
Walmart and Home Depot? When your best friends come over, it’s nice to
have our kind of trim. Guess what. You can.
Lots of people like collectables. I just like pretty decorations. These
are both. This selection is best for older children. Ya kinda look at
them. They are too intricate for everyday play. But mine are over the
front door mantle, prancing around greenery, carrying sacks of toys for
All the Trail of Painted Ponies models below are ready to ship at once.
We have been so silly
for so many years. Cultured Cowboy didn’t carry these Christmas
ornaments. We just carried the basic horses. Not any more. It’s more
fun to have all the few-of-a-kind models. Oh
yeah, these work well with the younger kids too.
Breyer models below are ready to ship at once.
5 inches tall X 6inches wide
First Ornament 2
5 inches tall X 6inches wide
4.5 inches tall X 4 inches wide.
4.5 inches tall X 4 inches wide.
Pony Glass Globe Ornament
5 inches round
email us quickly, and we can ship these USPS right to you!
8 inches tall X 4 inches across
Full Size Collectable
10 inches tall X 13 inches long
We found a great buy on men's high quality suede leather coats. It was so good, we
bought all that Warren Sewell had. If you aren't familiar, Warren Sewell
makes very high quality men's tailored clothing. These sportcoats are
better looking than the pics show. In stock right now are most sizes,
regulars and talls, in your choices of colors. Compare these with the
ones you see in department stores and men's shops at $269.00 to $300.00.
They were on closeout by the maker for $160.00 Now yours for only $99.99
each! ($114.99 on sz 50 & up) ... Nothing shopworn, all are
in new condition
from warehouses. Buttons vary some from coat to coat.
All are NICE.
to see the last Newsletter for more coat details? Click
Shown here in the lighter brown, or
camel color. High quality suede molds well to your body shape. The
sportscoat has the right linings in the right places, so it will
continue to look crisp for years.
CC Priced at Only
Model is also wearing Cumberland
pull-over SS knit shirt $29.99, & Cinch White Label jeans
$45.99, & Resistol Black Gold hat $299.99
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Cowboy Christmas Boot
||The looks of
this cake depend on how well you can cut a shape and
Actually, making a hat, or horse head should be just a
matter of nerve!
This cute Cowboy
Boot Cake is easily
shaped from pieces of a 9-inch x 13-inch cake. I tinted some
of the cream cheese frosting to pipe on details. It was a
fitting and delicious centerpiece for our cowboy buffet.
TIME: Prep: 1 hour + freezing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
package (18-1/4 ounces) cake mix of your choice
package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
tablespoons butter, softened
cups confectioners' sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
coloring of your choice
a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper.
Prepare and bake cake according to package
directions, using prepared pan. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from
pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap and freeze
Cover a 20-in. x 15-in. board with gift wrap
or foil. Level cake top.
To make boot, beginning from a short side,
cut a 2-in.-wide strips. Cut strip into two pieces, one 5-1/2
in. x 2 in. and one 2-1/2 in. x 2 in. Cut a 10-in. x 2-1/2-in.
strip from the large rectangle.
To assemble base of boot, center the 10-in. x
2-1/2-in. piece widthwise on board 5 in. from bottom. Place
remaining large rectangle on the right side, forming a backward
L. Place the 2-1/2-in. x 2-in. piece under the long strip,
forming the heal, and place remaining strip on the other side,
forming the sole. Using a serrated knife, round corners of boot
toe, sole, heal and top.
For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream
cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar, milk
and vanilla; beat until smooth. Set aside 1 cup. Spread
remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
Tint reserved frosting desired color. Cut a
small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert
round tip. Fill bag with tinted frosting.
Outline boot shape along bottom and top edges
of cake. Fill in heel and toe on cake top, smoothing with a
metal icing spatula. With remaining frosting and Skittles,
decorate boot as desired. Yield: 16-20
on Design Impressions
for the Season:
Most of us know that
the birth of Christ might have been earlier in Fall. Sabbath is Friday
dark till Saturday dark. Some people who claim to be Christian are not
really nice. Still, this is a season of hope. This is a season of
family. This is a season to celebrate the gift of God given to us! Do
not let the “naysayers”, the bad economics, the miscommunications,
or the elections mess with your Christmas, this year…You are a
magnificent creature, made in the image of God. You are a person of
worth and value. More…click
God knows we are not
perfect. I think God has a sense of humor. I think He enjoys watching us
grow. I really think He put us on earth, invented us, gave us choice, to
aggravate ole Satan. The more we choose to love; the more we choose to
grow closer to God; the more we learn about Truth and Grace, and Mercy,
the madder that demon becomes. That’s our job!
Pascal, the father of
probability and statistics said it well. He said that if we choose to
not believe in our God, and there is a God, we are in deep manure. If we
choose to believe there is a God who loves, and we act lovingly, at the
least, we live a best style of life. We do great things for others. We
grow stronger by growing others. We feel a life of being loved and
worthy. And if there is a God in which we have believed, and a Christ
who is our salvation, how much better, even after we die.
Given the possible
outcomes and the probabilities, the risk of not believing is foolish.
Statistically, smart thinkers will choose hope!
I too choose to feel
loved, and worthy. Every day can be a struggle. Every day could be a
pain. Everyday, there is someone we could not deliver on time, or help
with a problem, or satisfy. Every time this happens, I take it
personally. I could get depressed really easily. But, everyday, we do
deliver most on time. Everyday, we help tens and sometimes hundreds
solve or resolve problems. Everyday, there are many that we share lives,
and weddings, and family, and hope and Christmas with. Same with you.
You have good and hard to understand in everyday. Choose
to concentrate on the things you did accomplish. I pray over your
orders. I pray for your strength. I pray that you never divorce again. I
pray that you will spread love and cheer, to all that you meet. And when
you finally sleep at night, sleep well. This allows us all to help
another crowd tomorrow.
God Bless you all. And
I thank you for sharing so much of your lives with me. I love you all,
PS: You can’t outgive
love. Just try it!
The Christmas Story