Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Horse

Horse, n. The founder and conservator of civilization.

2005 Update: The hostage negotiator of the open range. Successor to the dove as the paragon of modern love.

Smokey
The Negotiator: Smokey, Deep Springs, CA 6/3/2005

27 comments:

Manjusha said...

Hostage negotiator or hostage taker?!!

Neverafrown said...

Hey, cool concept of diary :)

phucker said...

Howdy Doug!
Just thought I'd return the site visits! Haven't heard Ambrose Bierce lines since College! I didn't realized I missed them!

Doug said...

Manjusha, the cowboy's a hostage who takes himself. Cowperson, I mean. The cow seeks the cowhand's ransom.

Thanks, Neverafrown, although it's hard to trust a poet who smiles a lot. Or a blogger for that matter.

Tarun! Namaste! How the hell have you never been here before?!?

Manjusha said...

Or the horse is someone who runs away with the unsuspecting rider (i.e. hostage). Tells you a little something about my sole horse episode!

Sar said...

Horse: Anomoly...much like GWB, people are oddly drawn to this creature who is nonetheless full of crap.

Note - no horses were injured in the making of this comment.

morningdew said...

I think the dove is always and forever the #1 choice to represent what is known as modern love!

Though a horse has magnificant beauty of its own!

Doug said...

Manjusha, a man named Williamson, I believe, who wrote the seminal book on the breaking and training of horses said he'd never been on a runaway horse because he can ride as fast as a horse can run. You're always headed somewhere.

Sar, glad you used models.

Morningdew, you have to be the sunniest person on the internet. Were you like this before you converted?

Minka said...

There is something magnificent about horses and the ability to control them. A horse can feel if you know what you are doing or not and will act accordingly.
If it senses your fear it will become afraid of your lacking ability and try to push you off.
The Icelandic horses have 5 movements rather than the four like everywhere else...in no relation to anything else, just thought I´d mention.

Doug said...

That's interesting about icelandic horses. I wonder if the fifth gait is a rolling shiver. I agree about how magnificent a good horse is. The one in the picture is so alert to the rider that you forget about the reins and the kicks and all. Smokey and I could ride into a herd of forty or fifty cattle and he always seemed to know if I wanted to cut out one and which and how. Of course, I've cussed him a lot too.

GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

Horse, n. plural. More than one prostitute.

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Tan Lucy Pez said...

Nice blog.

Doug said...

Gabriel, has anyone told you you ain't right? Funny, though.

Tan Lucy, such a treat to have one of the lovely and talented Pez girls drop by. Let me guess, The Devil made you do it?

karma said...

symbol of male sexuality. but oh, don't bolt the stable after he bolts ;))

Doug said...

Speaking of male sex symbols, Karma, did you see that our friend Tarun came by for the first time today? I've read his blog. He ain't that busy.

Tom & Icy said...

Horse is how I feel with a frog in my throat. Willie and who? Hummingbirds hum because they don't know the words.

Doug said...

Icy, Walela is the boss on right. Willie looks just like me.

The Alien Guy said...

Doug on top of old Smokey: the paragon of equestrian ecstasy.

Doug said...

Haha, Alien Guy. Clever. Isn't it midnight on shiznit?

prying1 said...

Had a horse, Topper, a Quarterhorse, put his foot on top of mine and he put just enough weight on it to make sure I could not pull my foot out. No pain involved though there sure could have been. I pushed and pulled at him to make him move. I sware the critter just smiled. It wasn't till I threatened to bite his ear that he moved off my foot. A horse can be quite a character.

Gabriel - Ohhh. I get it.

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm actually kind of afraid of horses.

Doug said...

Prying, Smokey was similar. Topper sounds like a good friend.

Jamie Dawn, they're prety big. It's a natural reaction.

karma said...

wow, this is Tarun's first time? please be gentle with him :P

Doug said...

Cute, Karma. And not far off, from my reading. Two ships passing in the night, I suppose.

morningdew said...

That's a good question Doug! I think I will explore it!

Comfort Addict said...

The bearer of bad shoes.

Doug said...

Morningdew, I look forward to reading about that on your site.

Still laughing as I type, comfort addict.