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Genuine Cowgirls

By Cathy Ringler, Powell , WY

 

January 2013 issue  

 

You can tell a cowboy anywhere,

from his hat down to his boots,

from his tarnished rodeo buckle,

And then, how straight he shoots.

 

But a cowgirl might be a little harder,

so in case you didn’t know,

I developed this little checklist to see

if she’s genuine… or just all show.  

 

Ashley Ringler, on Cheyenne. Photo by Janet Kelleher

 

She might be a cowgirl if…

Her best baby sitter is her old rope horse.

She gets her beauty sleep while holding the herd in the corner of the pasture.

She has to take a shower in the kids’ bathroom because there is a bum calf in her tub.

She’s gotten the crud from doctoring calves the night before parent–teacher conferences and had to make a hasty exit.

She’s borrowed her horse’s liniment and vet wrap for her own use.

Both she and her dog know the recipe for skunk remover by heart and he takes off when he sees her get down the baking soda and peroxide.  

 

 

She might be a cowgirl if…

When someone in the community is in need she can whip together a benefit faster than you can say “team ropin/pie auction.”

She complains about going to town unless there’s a horse sale or barrel race.

She spent more on the bling on her belt than her husband spent on her wedding ring.

She can work 14 hours and then be ready to go to the fair.  

 

 

She might be a cowgirl if…

If she spent 3 hours getting her horse ready for a parade or reining or show and then only had time for a ten-minute shower.

She’s laughed so hard with her girlfriends at a clinic or branding or rodeo that her horse turned his head and stared at her.

If she’s ever teared up as Old Glory was brought into the arena.

If she’s taken off her boots and dangled her feet in a sparkling stream.

If she’s sat on a corral rail and talked to her horse on a summer evening.

She just might be a cowgirl if she appreciates being part of a unique and wonderful team.

God bless cowgirls everywhere!

 

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