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It’s Friday y’all and even Whiskey’s glad it’s here (if you can’t tell). So, get out there and have some fun this weekend! . . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #bayroan #hancockbred #hancockhorses #cowhorse #ropinghorse #ropingpractice #cowboylife #horses #cowboyaccountant #horseback #saddlebred #saddleup #cowhorsesofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #getbackonthehorse #horsefun #ropingpractice #saddle #saddlehorn #readyfortheweekend #workingfortheweekend #horsingaround #aqhaproud #westernriding #quarterhorse #quarterhorsesofinstagram #americanquarterhorse #cowboyhorse
Our lives are built on trust. Trust in our horse, trust in our friends, but most importantly, trust in ourselves. Have a great day y’all! . . . . . . . . . . . #cowboys #cowboylife #cowboyaccountant #horsebackriding #cowboywisdom #cowboylogic #americancowboy #texascowboys #trailriding #trailrides #horseriding🐴 #opentrail #trailhorse #thursdaythoughts #thinkthursday #trustothers #trustyourself #trustyourhorse #howdy #howdypartner #horsetrail #wisdomoftheday #thursdaywisdom #todayswisdom #cowboy_features #wisdomquotes #trailwisdom #openrange
Talk about a legacy. In 1853, river boat Captain Richard King and Texas Ranger Captain “Legs” Lewis caught sight of land near the Santa Gertrudis Creek that would later form the King Ranch and forever link the Texas Rangers and the King Ranch together. . Here is Marsala Red, a ninth-generation descendant of the iconic Old Sorrel. Marsala Red was born, bred, and broke on the King Ranch. He’s now a stallion at stud on the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. . 📸: @kingranchinc . . . . . . . #kingranch #kingranchquarterhorses #cowboyhorse #cowhorse #ranchhorse #aqha #ranch #horses #western #westernhistory #cowboyaccountant #westernwednesday #oldsorrel #horsesofinstagram #horse🐴 #horseaddict #horseaddicted #6666ranch #stallion #stallionsofinstagram #studhorse #santagertrudis #kingranchlife #quarterhorse #americanquarterhorse #sorrelhorse
Blaze your own trail, my friends, and be proud of who you are. It’s your legacy at stake! . . . . . . . . . #cowboys #cowboylife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #horses #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #cowboylogic #cowboyshit #workingcowboy #workingcowhorse #ranchrodeo #tuesdaywisdom #tuesdaythoughts #goodadvice #blazeyourowntrail #blazeyourtrail #followyourownpath #breaknewground #newtrail #cowboywayoflife #cowboyway #thecowboyrules #liveyourownlife #cowboyrodeo #cowboywork
One word. Y’all each new year is the best time to reflect on the word you want to act as your mantra or guiding principle in that year. . The idea is focused around having a central word or theme to guide your actions or what you want to embrace more of in the coming year. Rather than focus on new year's resolutions that don't stick, you can focus on things that help you reach your goals in a more mindful way. . If you’re curious how to determine your word of the year maybe take a moment to reflect and be self-aware. Ask yourself questions that you need to answer to help set you up to achieve your goals in the new year. This exercise can help you identify patterns that can lead you to your word. . Your word can be anything because it’s your word, and yours alone! . Want to make more money in the new year? Want to have better relationships? Feel better physically? If most of your answers point in a certain direction, then choose a word to remind you of what's most important in the new year and stick with it. . My word is 𝗛𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗟𝗘. I believe everything I want to achieve this year comes from my own actions. So if I want it, I feel like I just need to hustle to get it. . What’s your word? . . . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #longlivecowboys #western #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #cowboylogic #mondaymorningmotivation #gettingworkdone #mondaywork #cpalife #hustle💯 #wordoftheyear #cowboyhat #cowboyfashion #cowboystyle #cowboyclothing #ranchstyle #cowboyup #letsdothis #cowboywear #livingmyownwestern #takingcareofbusiness
It’s been said that we can’t control what people say or do to us. We only control how we react. . Well, think about it, if someone wrongs you, there’s no better way to stay on top of the situation than by not letting their actions get to you. Cowboys just move on, and we should too. Have a great weekend y’all! . . . . . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #longlivecowboys #horses #western #westtexas #oldwest #westernhistory #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #cowboylogic #americancowboy #arizonacowboy #forgiveandmoveon #forgiveandforget #forgiveandletgo #weekendthoughts #weekendtherapy #forgiveyourenemies #oldwestern #wayoutwest #stayincontrol #dontletanyonebringyoudown #controlyouremotions #justmoveon #bethebiggerperson
Howdy y’all! Ever sat around and dreamed of how you want your life to be? . If so, just remember that our dreams don’t become reality through magic. It takes goals. It takes sweat, and determination and hard work. . So, starting today, clarify your dreams, apply goals to them, and then work hard at those goals every day! . . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #western #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #americancowboy #texascowboy #ranchwork #ranchchores #farmwork #farmchores #tractorlife #johndeeretractor #johndeeregreen #yardwork #cleaningup #forlandforlife #schaeferoutfitter #turndreamsintoreality #hardworkpaysoffs #yardwork #ranchlifestyle #treeremoval #landclearing
Train your horse to be bulletproof, but don’t assume everyone else has done the same. Be considerate. . Cowboys are considerate of others. Always have been. It’s part of what makes them who they are. . But to be honest, I haven’t always been the most cuddly sort, and I spent a lot of years thinking that to be considerate to others was to be weak. . Fast forward to this modern world where the new motto seems to be “it’s all about me” and I’ve grown to realize it’s OK to be someone who’s kind and considerate. . It doesn’t make us any less strong to help someone else up. To think about others situation. To be considerate. Because we can all use a bit more thoughtfulness coming in our direction, right? . So, let’s give it, and we will surely get it back. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤? . . . . . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #horses #western #oldwest #westernhistory #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #americancowboy #texascowboy #horsebackriding #horsebackrider #beconsiderate #tuesdaytip #cowboylogic #tuesdaythought #thinkaboutitthursday #horsemanship #bepolite #consideration #horsetips #rideahorse #bethoughtful
Locking up the ranch and headed back into town. Time to get back to it as a CPA to farms and ranches! . “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison . . . . . . . . . . #ranch #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #cowboyaccountant #farmandranch #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #protectwhatsyours #headedbacktowork #rustygate #oldgate #countrylife #countrylifestyle #rancher #weekendoveralready #ranchinglife #backtoworknow #agribusiness #backtoworkmonday #lockyourdoors #cowboyhat #cpalife #forlandforlife #lockandchain #cowboystyle #cattlerancher

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I ain’t much good at prayin’,
and You may not know me, Lord —
For I ain’t much seen in churches,
where they preach Thy Holy Word.
But you may have observed me
out here on the lonely plains,
A-lookin’ after cattle,
feelin’ thankful when it rains.

Admirin’ Thy great handiwork.
the miracle of the grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit,
in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback
and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night,
and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on,
remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will
into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain’t a preacher, Lord,
but if You’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got
for all men everywhere.

Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord.
Don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy the beds for them that’s sick
and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride,
no matter what we’re after,
And sorter keep us on Your side,
in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen ol’ cows a-starvin’ —
and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord,
on Thy Good Christmas Night —
No man, no child, no woman,
and no critter on four feet
I’ll do my doggone best
to help you find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord —
ain’t got no business prayin’
But still I hope you’ll ketch a word
or two, of what I’m sayin’:
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord—
I reckon You’ll agree —

There ain’t no Merry Christmas
for nobody that ain’t free!
So one thing more I ask You,
Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom
for the future Sons of Man!

– S. Omar Barker


About the Poet Laurette of New Mexico

It’s been written that S. Omar Barker earned more from the publication and uses of his “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer” than from any other poem. He was born in the rugged high country of central New Mexico, and lived there his entire life. He was one of the founders of the Western Writers of America and many of his poems were published by Western Horseman magazine. Well-known as an original character, he even enjoyed signing his name with his brand, “Lazy SOB.”

Estate of S. Omar Barker.
Barker at home in his beloved New Mexico.
Photo: The estate of S. Omar Barker

So respected was Barker as a cowboy poet that Tennessee Ernie Ford and sausage king-country singer Jimmy Dean read this poem on national television, and it has been reprinted more than 100 times in collections of Barker’s works, in magazines and on Christmas cards.

In December 2013, the estate of S. Omar Barker placed this poem in the public domain as a gift for all of us to enjoy.


As we approach Christmas, my prayer for you

Christmas is fast approaching, and for Christians, this is a time for us to celebrate the miracle of birth of a baby Jesus Christ by exchanging the gift of love and spending time with those people who are truly important in our lives.

Photo: Pexels.com

Even for those of other faiths, Christmas is a time to celebrate peace on Earth as we would want it to be every day. So, to my family and friends here in the US, in Canada, and in all places far and wide, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël. And, to my friends of any faith (and even those who do not follow a religion), wherever you are on Christmas Day, may peace be with you on this day and throughout the coming year.

Until next time, mis amigos, happy trails! ★


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