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Browsing Archive: December, 2010


Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, December 26, 2010,
Here's Jayce practicing his roping with Maybelle - NO DONKEY WAS HARMED DURING THIS! Actually, it was good for Maybelle - good exercise - afterwards, I went out and gave her apple treats! I love this donkey.
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Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, December 26, 2010,

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Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, December 26, 2010,
Well, we decided to take my big hats, boots and buckles to the roping at Trails West down the street. Tough crowd - had a few interesting comments.  Theres JC on her pony - how adorable is that! There's ron waving at Pat and Andy - look, he even has one of those big hats on.

We've come to the decision that the desert is no place for horses, not unless you want to go broke. So, we are waiting to hear about the wagon driving job in Tucson to know which direction to go.  We may just head that dir...
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Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, December 24, 2010,
Went out to Dawn's house up the road to shoe her horses. Sedona (the beautiful white arab), Ranger (adorable, playful Ranger) and sweet Rose (with the fly mask on).  They were all cooperative. Dawn has a wonderful place with two adorable goats and a wonderful little pet cemetary. 

We had a heck of a storm, a little nervewracking, but no damage except water all over the inside of the horse trailer.

MERRY XMAS TO EVERYONE AND MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU! We can be reached at 408-205-0997 or at rus...
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Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, December 21, 2010,

Posting the pics of that great cowboy store in Camp Verde! The Rusty Cowboy on steriods! Didn't get the name of the place, but it's on Main Street - you can't miss it. Rows of beautiful saddles and bridles, old hats and boots, spurs, collectibles - you name it and all very reasonable.  I got excited when I saw a pile of old broken, decorated reins to make hatbands for my big hats, which by the way - I took to a roping up the road yesterday and no one was interested. Don't know if it's the tim...

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Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, December 16, 2010,
Sitting in the motorhome today while it pours outside - a rare event here. It will keep the dust down I guess.  We've been so busy putting new brakes on the motorhome - that wasn't easy or cheap, but Dakotah comes through again - we are so blessed he's a mechanic!  We spend alot of time getting water down the street and then dumping into the big water tank on the property

You all know that big hat I wear??? Well, it seems no one from Montana to Az has ever seen one, so I put in an order for a ...
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Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, December 6, 2010,
Well, the weather is amazing - no wind - 75 every day. Got to cope with the dust though - don't stay clean very long. I primed two canvas today and hope to get them painted and out front. Off to get paint today to painte the floor in the store.  Yesterday, Ron shoed JR so I rode him awhile - what a mule - he's a tourist - got to look at everything and can't focus on what he's doing - makes me apprciate Yuma!  Took pics of Maybelle, the burro - what a sweetie she is - a resuce burro.  Now that...
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Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, December 4, 2010,
Well, after endless driving and surviving the Tucson interstate, I finally found a place we like. Wickenburg is very cool - very western and there are endless flea markets and garage sales.  I don't think I could find my way around Phoenix!  We are so close to everything, Grand Canyon, Cave Creek - I even saw a sign to Los Angeles! Wow!  The weather is 75 and beautiful.  We've been riding in the desert - the horses now are afraid that every bush has thorns and are leary.

We found this place of...
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Brett Thomas-DeJongh
Big Horn County News

There’s a great scene in the 1939 John Ford movie Stagecoach, where the infamous Ringo Kid, played by John Wayne, offers his awkward version of a proposal to Dallas, an independent, brave and fetching woman.

Handier with a six-shooter than with words, the Ringo Kid tells Dallas, played by Claire Trevor, “… well, maybe I'm takin' a lot for granted, but... I watched you with that baby - that other woman's baby. You looked... well, well I still got a ranch across the border.

There's a nice place - a real nice place... trees... grass... water. There's a cabin half built. A man could live there... and a woman. Will you go?”

The Ringo Kid is a “trees… grass… water” kind of guy. In his frontier world, those are the things a man and a woman need to make a life together. And John Wayne makes you believe it. The movie makes you believe it.

If there’s anyone around these days who is living his life with this set of necessities, he calls himself Ron Dakotah, and he travels the highways and byways of the West aboard a nearly two-ton sheep wagon pulled by four horses.

A slight man in his late sixties, Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery has been on the road for 26 years, he says, and there are indications he may be looking to settle down. For now though, he’s on the road. “I been out 26 years,” he said, “And as long as I can shoe the horses, that’s the important thing.”

He rolled into Hardin Thursday and stayed for a few days at the home of Mike Martinsen, where the Big Horn County News caught up with him.

Logistically speaking, he says his chief concern is keeping his horses fed and watered. Each horse gets a gallon of oats in the morning, and one at night. He buys alfalfa and hay as he goes, and the horses graze when he camps for the night, often not far from the highway. “Most of my camps are in a ditch by the side of the road,” said McGilvery.

Whether he’s camped by the side of the road or on the land of someone he’s met on the road, he strings up a generator-powered electric fence that keeps the horses from wandering off.

His makeshift camps and slow-moving vehicle have landed him in trouble with the law on many occasions. He says he’ll never go back to California because of the way he’s been treated by law enforcement there. “I think it was so unusual,” McGilvery said. “People just couldn’t deal with it.”

He says he follows the law wherever he goes, and that law enforcement in Montana has been helpful. Ouside of Reedpoint, he was stopped by a Montana Highway Patrol officer who he says told him, “I want you to know you are completely legal and there’s no problem. I’m just making sure you are alright.”

This is the attitude that greets him most of the time, and it’s what sustains him. McGilvery is upfront about the fact that he lives by the kindness of strangers who may feed him or give him water for himself and the horses. “The best thing about this is the people I meet,” he said.

He’s says he’s not sure why people respond so well to him. “There’s something about a horse and wagon,” said McGilvery. “It’s not a scam. It’s real life.”

One person who has responded especially well to Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery is Teri Freeman, a woman who runs what she calls “a cowboy store” in Ennis, Mont.

She recently met McGilvery when he was passing through Ennis and her roommate told her she should check out this guy in a sheep wagon. “He’s handsome, he’s got horses, and he’s headed to Texas,” Freeman recalled the roommate saying.

“He said he needed a place for him and his horses, and I have some land.” Freeman said. So he camped at her place, and the two hit it off. “We got to be really good friends,” said Freeman. “Maybe more than that.”

Actually, it’s a good bet that it’s more than that, because not two minutes after saying they might be more than friends, Freeman said, “Nobody has ever touched my soul the way he has, and I’m sixty years old.”

Freeman keeps in contact via cell phone with McGilvery and has set up a Web site, located at, to chronicle his travels. Freeman, who hopes to meet him in Texas this winter, said she’s trying to convince him to settle down in the town of Bandero. “That’s the cowboy capital of the world – they’d love him there.”

For his part, McGilvery, who has been married three times, seems equally smitten with Freeman. “I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her,” he said. She’s kind of a horse gal.”

And for a horse guy like McGilvery who doesn’t need much to get by, that might be enough to build on. Now they just need to find some “grass… trees… water…”


Ron Dakotah in his fringe on the front porch of the Rusty Cowboy

Ron Dakotah pouring a cup of joe in his wagon