Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Horses, Skies, and Poetry and Cowboys?

 Post by Doris McCraw

writing as Angela Raines

Photo by the Author

April 26, 2022, is National Help a Horse Day. the week is Sky Awareness Week, and April is National Poetry Month.

Cowboy and horse, setting a course by the stars. The lone rider wandering the mountains or desert. Who hasn't read or imagined themselves as that rider?  

Those movies and television shows some of us grew up with sparked an idea. For this post, I thought I post some famous horses and the actor(s) who rode them. But I just can't make it easy. See if you can match the actor and horse. (Answers will be at the end.)


1. Lightning                 A. Roy Rogers

2. Silver                       B. Gene Autry

3. Champion                C. Tim Holt

4. Tarzan                      D. Andy Devine

5. Trigger                     E. Ken Maynard

6. Joker                        F. Bob Steele

7. Brownie                   G. Buck Jones

8. Thunder                   H. Wild Bill Elliott

TV Shows

1. Topper                      A. John Smith

2. Razor                        B. Clint Walker

3. Diablo                       C. Dickie Jones

4. Little Buck                D. Guy Madison

5. Lucky                        E. Chuck Connor

6. Buckshot                    F. William Boyd

7. Brandy                       G. Robert Horton     

8. Alamo                        H. Duncan Renaldo

I can't let National Poetry Month go by without sharing a poem. Although both Charles Badger Clark and James W. Whilt were born before 1900 and wrote about Cowboys and the West, the chosen poem doesn't have an author.

A Prairie Song - Anonymous

Oh, music springs under the galloping hoofs,
Out on the plains;
Where mile after mile drops behind with a smile,
And to-morrow seems always to tempt and beguile,—
Out on the plains.

Oh, where are the traces of yesterday's ride?
There to the north;
Where alfalfa and sage sigh themselves into sleep,
Where the buttes loom up suddenly, startling and steep,—
There to the north.

Oh, rest not my pony, there's youth in my heart,
Out on the plains;
And the wind sings a wild song to rob me of care,
And there's room here to live and to love and to dare,—
Out on the plains.

For those who'd like to read more:



Charles Badger Clark

James W. Whilt


Until next time, Happy Reading and Writing: Doris McCraw

Answers: Movies: 1-C, 2-G, 3-B, 4-E, 5-A, 6-D, 7-F, 8-H 

                TV Shows: 1-F, 2-E, 3-H, 4-G , 5-C, 6-D, 7-B, 8-A


  1. Wow! I did lousy on your test. I think I need to spend more time watching some of those old shows. I loved the poem. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Michael, So did I, but not as bad as I thought I might. I confess, I watch a lot of those old B-movies and old TV shows.

      I love poetry and always watch for poems and poets from the past I may have missed. I loved this one also. Doris

  2. Thanks for this, Doris. I did poorly on the test as well, I'm chagrined to say. I didn't know that Ken Maynard had a horse named Tarzan. That one intrigued me because I have a Tarzan book coming out soon, which is the first-ever Tarzan adventure set in the American southwest. And a horse plays a major role in it.

    1. Serendipity? I thought it might be fun to see how folk would do. Personally, if I'd not had the answers I don't know how well I'd have done either. Still, it's the little things that make us think and have fun.

      I love the idea of Tarzan in the southwest. Intriguing. Best on that story. Doris

  3. Doris, Sorry to be late to the party. This was fun. I didn't match them all, but I didn't embarrass myself, either. haha Love the poem.

    1. Kaye Spencer here. Good grief. Blogger posted me as "Anonymous". jeesh

    2. Blogger does some stupid things sometimes.
      When I first read the poem, I loved it also. As for the quiz, I'm glad I had the answers. LOL.
      I don't mind your being late. Better late than never. (Smile) Doris

  4. I flunked the test. Guess I need to watch more TV ...

    1. I composed the quiz and I needed to keep checking to make sure I was getting them correct. LOL Of course, watching more of those old shows is not a bad thinkg either. (Smile) Doris

  5. Enjoyed the quizzes. I remember all those shows!

    1. Thanks. The old shows and movies are such fun to rewatch. Doris