COWBOY POETRY: A Saddle Too Far

Bryce Angell is a cowboy poet. Angell was raised on a farm/ranch in the St. Anthony, Idaho area with approximately 75 head of horses. Horses remain an important part of Angell's life. Angell shares his poetry with Cache Valley Daily every Friday.

I’ve always had to stretch my legs when climbing to the saddle.  And now my age is telling me, “Each time you’ll have a battle.”

You see I stand at five feet three, a product of my source.  So, tell me why I always seem to ride a danged tall horse.

I’ve watched my father ride a horse.  His choice was tall as well.  He always mounted from the ground, as far as I could tell.

And even though his age has kept him down, but mostly sound, he says, “I’ll ride a tall horse till I’m six feet in the ground.”

I’ve used a stump so many times, for sure a rock or two.  And now I wonder should I place extensions on each shoe?

I might as well sport high heels.  I’d be the laughing stock.  I guess I’m not clear thinking ‘cuz those cowboys sure would talk.

Last week I hung a strap down low with a stirrup at the end.   So I’d have an extra foothold to climb up and then descend.

But the strap and extra stirrup snagged a sagebrush, ‘bout midday.  I had tied it to the back cinch, tore the strap and cinch away.

My wife said, “Try some yoga.  You can learn to stretch a limb.”  But hanging out with Rodney Gee, the chance is mighty slim.

I’ve heard that camels kneel to help their riders to the seat.  If Pal would learn to bend a knee, that’d sure enough be sweet.

But Pal ain’t gonna kneel on down to help someone get saddled.  There ain’t no clear solutions and I’ve never been this rattled!

So once again I find myself back at the drawing board.  I’d welcome your ideas that I haven’t yet explored.

And if you see me leading Pal, well off the beaten track.  I’m not walking for the exercise, just can’t climb on his back.

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