January 15, 2010

Urban(ized) Cowboy



(This cartoon by J. N. Devin first appeared in 1972.  O.S.H.A. stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration) - Click to enlarge.

We have been on rides when some of this stuff would have come in handy! 
And what does Boss think about getting rigged up like the cartoon horse?
I don't think he likes the idea. He's breathing fire!
[A serious word on safety: We're very much in favor of riding helmets, but they don't provide much sun protection.  At our age, and on our usually calm horses, we figure we're in more danger of dying from skin cancer from long hours of high altitude sun exposure than from suffering permanent damage from a knock on our noggins.] 


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36 comments:

  1. That's a great idea, Janie, for someone who wants to make some money... They can invent a helmet in the shape of a cowboy hat ---to protect you from the sun....

    Guess we all have to pick and choose what will help us the most. And --as we age, those choices surely do change...

    Cute post.. Love the 'Fire-breathing Horsie".... ha
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. You've got Boss's good side in this shot. I used to wear an Indiana Jones-type cowboy hat to ride once in a while, only it would fall off along the trail. On hearing about a riding accident that happened to an experienced horse woman and friend of mine, I took up wearing a helmet ... that was the only thing that saved her life. Her trusted horse of many years spooked in the rain, they crashed into a mailbox on a pole, and she was thrown onto concrete. We all take the risks we feel comfortable with. Been known to be a bit of a daredevil on a horse myself ... Interesting post.

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  3. I've seen similar cartoons and find them very funny. (Although when I had a job where I had 55 people working for me on high pressure natural gas pipelines I took safety very very seriously)

    I like the picture of your horse.

    I too am more worried about skin cancer than hitting my noggin. I wear a broad brimmed almost all the time when I am outside.

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  4. this is too funny!
    I think you are right about the hats, but don't forget to wear sunscreen as well for the reflected sunlight that may bounce off the land.
    I hear UV rays have been known to do that.

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  5. Brilliant cartoon, Janie! I agree, it's prudent take care against the sun's harmful rays. Do you wear a neckerchief or neck-scarf under the helmet? Oh and I LOVE Boss breathing fire. What a wonderful capture.

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  6. Brilliant cartoon, Janie! I agree, it's prudent take care against the sun's harmful rays. Do you wear a neckerchief or neck-scarf under the helmet? Oh and I LOVE Boss breathing fire. What a wonderful capture.

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  7. Wonderful post, Janie! The cartoon really made me giggle. I can't see Boss in that get-up any time soon - no wonder he was breathing fire.

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  8. What a fun way to start the day. Studying that hilarious comic. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Thanks for the fun post. Col pic of Boss.

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  10. Fun post and a great shot of your horse Boss!

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  11. that picture of early morning hortse says so much sk

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  12. That is funny...and I agree with Boss!!!

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  13. Love this photo and the reference to breathing fire - nice shot!
    I fell off a horse the first time I rode and sadly I only got back one one time.

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  14. LOL! Sure hope it never comes to all that. I have to agree with Boss. That is an awesome capture Janie.

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  15. Lovely shot thanks for sharing! Happy weekend!

    My jiggly critter

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  16. Too funny, Janie! I like the rope when "all other systems fail." Yes, I think Boss is snorting his displeasure!

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  17. What a great picture of Boss breathing fire. I remember some OSHA rules that came close to your cartoon. I agree that the hat probably does you more good than a helmet would,

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  18. Janie: Neat capture, that could be a SWF photo also. I love the cold breath from the horse.

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  19. What a great entry you have. Hope you have a nice weekend. God Bless!

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  20. That is a superb photo! Stunning.

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  21. What a funny cartoon! Ya just gotta love that safety net. LOL

    That's a beautiful photo of Boss, Janie. I need to get back to my photography in 2010. A quasi-resolution I guess. :)

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  22. The cartoon is marvelous and I love the way you've paired it with this wonderful shot of Boss ... just marvelous! I suspect you're right about hats vs helmets given your circumstances.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  23. Was his breakfast late?! One thing that really surprised me when I was living in China and most of my friends were Midwesterners was the obsession most of my female friends had for sunbathing, and their reluctance to wear any sunscreen even at midday. Anyway, glad to see that you are wearing a sun hat - perhaps Boss would like one too?

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  24. Hi Janie !! This is a fantastic post and Idea too is great !! I like the first image !!

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  25. That is a great shot! Stunning

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  26. Oh, OSHA. It is amazing we have not had laws passed about riding horses - dangerous and cruelty. Oh, the wisdom of the government. I love your pictures.

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  28. He does look like he is breathing fire.

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  29. I love this shot of Boss - it's awesome.

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  30. I don't blame boss for breathing fire!

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  31. Too funny! I would be in favor of the safety net and the safety rope! LOL!

    Great shot of Boss; even his eyes are glowing!

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  32. What a hoot! Great shot of Boss, he's an absolute beauty.

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