My newest adventure began at 3am. The Idaho Buckaroos of the Great Basin Project. Its mission:
“To Promote Understanding and Preserve the Buckaroo Way of Life.”
Linda creates gorgeous and functional hand-woven saddle blankets made of 100% wool. Wool has a natural ‘wicking’ ability that draws moisture from the horse’s back through the blanket to the outside where it can evaporate. This action helps keep the horse’s back cooled and reduces the occurrence of scald marks as often-times occurs with cotton or synthetic saddle blankets.
As much as I enjoy visiting with these two amazing artisans, I had to say goodbye – headed to my final destination.
When I created the Idaho Buckaroo Project, I thought of my uncle, Frank Davis. He is a quiet man, never given to boasting of any kind. But back in the day, he was a buckaroo and later a well-known bull rider. In 1959 he and Jim Shoulders squared off at the cow palace. (More on that in my next blog).
Uncle Frank, who just recently stopped riding at the age of 80, loved rough stock and his buckarooing mostly involved colt breaking. During my visit Uncle Frank gave me one of his old saddles which he bought in 1949 in Ontario, Oregon. (watch for more about the saddle in future blogs).
When I got back to the Valley I ran by RC Beans Saddlery and they fixed me up with a new cinch and latigo. Bob is great – and very helpful. Next I went for a ride – a great ending to a long day.
Watch for my next blog and don’t forget to ride along with me on the Idaho Buckaroo Project.