Quotes Worth Keeping

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"Them that can will. Them that can't will talk about it."   -Tom Dorrance

 

"When I die I want it wrote on my tombstone: Here lays a man that done it a-horseback!"
-Austin Doolittle, old cowpuncher

 

"You can't praise God and complain at the same time." -Joel Osteen

 

"When it's smoking' it's cookin'; when it's black it's done." -Shadrack "Boy" Hardy, wagon cook

 

"The life so short. The craft so long to learn." -Hippocrates

 

"Hardship is not the true test of a man's character, for most men can stand adversity. For the true test of a man's character, give him power!" -Abraham Lincoln

 

"Until you admit to yourself that the way you've been doing things could be improved upon, it's hard to get much better." -Buster McLaury

 

"A bulldog can whip a skunk any day of the week. But sometimes even a dog realizes it's just not worth the stink."

 

"If you don't want to slip, don't walk where it's slippery." -Don Buttrey

 

"The difference between a bad bit and a good one is this: One is a line of communication, the other is an instrument of torture."

 

"Be more aware of your presence around horses" -Buster Mclaury

 

"If you want to change your life, simply change your attitude" -Joel Osteen

 

"I believe if a feller could learn to put his halter on every horse so that it just fit that horse - mentally - that might smoothe up a lot of others things he does." -Buster McLaury

 

"Don't follow where the path may lead. Go where there is no path and leave a trail." -Emerson

 

"Begin with the end in mind."

 

"Experience is the thing that comes along right after you really needed it."-Bryan Neubert

 

"Your critics do not define who you are and cannot keep you from your destiny"

 

"Get with your horse, so he can learn to get with you." -Ray Hunt

 

"Feed your mind daily with the good clean, pure, powerful, and positive."-Zig Ziglar

 

Put God First, so everything else can fall into place.

 

"Think son! Think!" — Royce McLaury

 

"Think!" — Ray Hunt

 

"A closed mind is an empty mind." — Mary Lou McLaury

 

"When you really hurry a horse or cow, you just get to the wrong place faster." — Seth Woods

 

"A horse has to be straight to stop and has to stop before he can turn around." — Royce McLaury

 

"If a horse ain't smart enough to know the difference between ropin' and cuttin', you ain't gonna win nothin/ on him anyway." — Matlock Rose (on roping on his cutting horses)

 

"The first time you ride a horse, he'll cost you money. The second time he'll hold his own. The third ride, he's on the payroll." — Ray Hunt

 

"Some people just ain't go no 'natural' to 'em. They'd pet a dog against the hair." — Merv Takacs, cowboss, Spanish Ranch, Tuscarora, Nevada (on working with a horse)

 

"There's a lot of difference between holdin' a roundup and just sittin' between the cows and the back side of the pasture." — Buster McLaury

 

"Some people try to go fast and make up for not having things right with their horse." — Ray Hunt

 

"I can tell a good cowboy by the way he approaches a cow." — Henry Green

 

"There ain't no kinda feed you can put in a horse to make him a good horse. You've got to catch him and saddle him and ride him." — Calvin Peters, manager Quien Sabe Ranch, Channing, Texas

 

"A good deal is only good if it's good for both parties." — Togo Moorhouse

 

"If you're gonna gather wild cattle, you gotta get wilder than the cattle are." — J.R. Edwards

 

"If it was easy, anybody could do it, and everybody would want to." — Royce McLaury

 

"A cow has to have time to think and room to turn around." — Royce McLaury

 

"Where understanding and communication end, violence begins."

 

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." — Randy Pausch

 

"The horse is doing one of two things: he's doing what he thinks he's supposed to do, or he's going what he thinks he has to do to survive." — Ray Hunt

 

"You should always have someone leadin' a remuda of saddle horses or a herd of Bramer cross cows." — Royce McLaury

 

"A herd of cattle ought to leave the roundup ground the same way they leave the bed ground — paired up and walkin'." — Buster Welch

 

"There are lots of real good times to give a horse a good leavin' alone." — Buster McLaury

 

"We're trying to operate the life in his body down through his legs to his feet — through his mind." — Ray Hunt

 

"Sometimes you'll expose a horse to somethin', and he may not get a whole lot better right then. Just go on to soemthin' else. He's more experienced." — Tom Dorrance

 

"It takes a helluva good hand to stay out of the way all the time." — Boots O'Neal

 

"Excuses are the loser in you talking." — Unknown

 

"The horse knows. He knows if you know. He also knows if you don't know." — Ray Hunt

 

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." — Stephen King

 

"If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his butt when he hops."

 

(On driving a bull) "There is not an animal on earth that can travel further and cover less distance." — Buster McLaury

 

"There's a time to whip and spur and run over trees to get an ol' cow tuned; then there's times to sit and watch and let things happen. A good cowboy knows when to do which." — Tom Moorhouse

 

"A horse should be straight, forward and quiet in all three gaits." — Don Buttrey

 

"When you ride up on some cattle layin' down, you want them to get up and look, not get up and leave." — Buster McLaury

 

"I bend my horses so I can ride them straight." — Ray Hunt

 

"Be responsible for every step that a horse takes — from the time you catch him, 'till you turn him loose." — Don Buttrey

 

"When a horse gets in trouble, if you'll listen, he's saying, 'I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do, and besides that, I was scared." — Buster McLaury

 

"I wouldn't be afraid to take a horse to the (NCHA) Futurity that had never been out of a trot." — Shorty Freeman

 

"Always offer your horse a feel that means something." — Buster McLaury

 

"When the human calls the horse dumb, stupid, stubborn, etc., they are working from where they are, not where the horse is." — Ray Hunt

 

"Never turn down a drink of water or a fresh horse. You never know when you'll get the next one." — Jim Woods (my uncle)

 

"If you'll notice, the critics are always on the other side of the fence." — Buster McLaury

 

"You get out of the horse what you put in — the way you put it in." — Ray Hunt

 

"If you work hard enough, that 'thinker' will kick in directly." — Royce McLaury

 

"Look what a beautiful day the Lord gave us to be horseback in." — John Gaither (said regardless of the weather)

 

"Asking a horse 'What can you do for me?' is backwards." — Ray Hunt

 

"There's a lot of difference between driftin' cattle and drivin' 'em." — Tom Blasingame

 

"In difficulty, there is opportunity." — Ray Hunt

 

"Adversity builds character." — Buster McLaury