As many of you know, my sister works in the horse industry. And, as such, I hear a lot about the hunter/jumper students she teaches and other people in that world. Then there’s the “racetrackers” as we call them. Those in the horse racing industry, of which she was a part of for many years as a professional jockey. Then there’s the occasional interesting individual she mentions. I’ve heard the name here and there over the years but don’t think anything of it. Then my sister will say something about the person that gets my attention, I ask a question or two, then I’m facepalming. Good grief, why didn’t I know about this person before? What a great resource for writing! One such fellow is Cowboy Ron.
When my sister mentions the name, Cowboy Ron, I think of the guy we buy beef from. I also think of a freezer full of the yummy stuff. But there’s a lot more to Cowboy Ron than I first thought. As a writer of contemporary and historical westerns, I should have asked about Ron years ago! What a wealth of information. I need to sit down and pick this man’s brain. He’s a rancher and real life cowboy among other things, and is a master with horses.
Ron Miller, of Ranch Horsemanship, has been working with horses most of his life. Channeling the traditions of the Great Basin buckaroo style of natural horsemanship, Ron is a 4th generation cattle rancher and horseman, who has worked with hundreds of young, troubled or stuck horses. He’s gained great wisdoms and insights from growing up on a cattle and horse ranch in Southeastern Oregon near the California/Nevada boarder. Horseman such as Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance and Bill Dorrance were among Ron’s examples, while present day horseman such as Buck Brannaman and Brian Neubert continue to provide ideas and example.
Now the names might not be familiar to you, but in the horse world, these are the heavy hitters when it comes to training. These guys are some of the best of the best, the horse whisperers of the industry. Sheesh, and all I knew was that we bought beef from Ron. Yikes, I’ve got to ask my sister more about who she works with!
It’s amazing the people we’re connected to in one way or another through another person. It’s even better when we find out they’re just the person to talk to about something right when we need to. I love it when that happens. Serendipity.
I keep wanting to write a contemporary series about a ranch in someplace like eastern Oregon. To think a wealth of information and experience has been close by all these years is almost embarrassing. Ha!
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