Saturday, July 12, 2008

“Always saddle your own horse”

This one’s for you, all you cowgirls out there. Yesterday, a dear friend and my first horse trainer, Lynn Myers, sent me this link. I would embed the video here but would probably be infringing on all sorts of copyrights. Anyway, go get yourself a cup of coffee and sit down to watch this little documentary.

Connie Reeves, the 101-year-old cowgirl you’ll see featured, died in 2003, after she was thrown from her horse. You can read more about that here.

What a gal and what an inspiration.


  1. I always saddle my own horse. No one since my grandpa died can do it to my satisfaction!

    I am headed to watch the video now.

  2. So Wonderful! I love her natural hands on the reins and amount of contact. I know 80 year olds who still ride and it simply inspires me. Such a beautiful woman.

  3. What an inspiration! My sister and I watched this last night. I can't believe how well she rode at that age! I hope I can at least ride until I'm....65, that would be my goal, LOL!
    I thought it was very sad that she passed away being thrown from that Paint horse. I know it's probably the way she wanted to go, I still think it's sad. ;(
    She was a tough cookie!

  4. How bittersweet.

    What an amazing woman that touched the lives of so many girls, women and people interested in learning more about riding horses and good horsemanship.

    But how sad that she died that way.
    Reminds me of the way that Steve Irwin died. "Doing what he loved" they all say.
    It's still so sad that she had to die at all. It would have been interesting to see how much longer she would have lived and how long she would have ridden horses.

    Irony, too, that her last name was the same as Christopher REEVES. He had his neck broken from being thrown from a horse, too.

    I was also surprised that her horse was 28 yrs old. He showed some of that spiritedness she mentioned, just in that video. I was actually thinking that maybe he was too much horse for her at that age...and then I read in that article how she died.

    Thanks, Linda for sharing this news on your blog, or I'd have never known about it.


  5. Thanks for the video. Truly an inspiration to all women. Just the other day I was thinking about how I was going to be saddle breaking a young 'un in my fifties and what a fool I was. Well, not anymore. I'm going to ride at least FIFTY more years.

  6. Rockinhorse, you go girl! I saddlebroke Lyle when I was a Ray Hunt clinic. What was I thinking... ( It may have been easier physically when I was younger, but I don't think I'd be where I am with him now without all this wisdom that comes with age. Here's to another 50 years in the saddle for all of us!