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BANDERA MARDI GRAS PARADE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, February 27, 2011,
Here's pics of the parade yesterday - very exciting! I was going to take blanco on the carriage, but he is terrified of loud noises, so I thought better of it. Doesnt Ron look elegant on that carriage!

Everything is bigger in Texas - look at those horns from the Longhorn Saloon!Ron and I were shocked that this camel didn't cause any wrecks! Our horses contained themselves - barely. 
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TINY TIM & THE FARM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, February 27, 2011,

Well Jeannie announced she bought another carriage and horse - sight unseen - I think she was even a little surprised when they unloaded that horse. I personally have never seen a horse that big - "Critter" - I call him Tiny Tim - I want to ride him but gonna need a ladder.  He's just a big gentle giant, but every time he sees Ron with a bucket, he chases him.  We've had to be very creative in getting grain past him to the other horses.

Poor Blanco Billy Dagoata lost his manhood 2 days ago and...
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BLANCO BILLY "DAGOATA" MEETS HIS FAMILY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, February 21, 2011,
We had to go to Skull Creek Ranch to trim Jeannie's ponies, so I thought I would take Blanco to meet his family.  When we got out of the truck, they all started calling to him in his language and he freaked - he wanted nothing to do with them. Kinda sad - he really doesn't know he's a goat.  I picked out a playmate for him and will bring her home as soon nursing is over.  We saw the llamas for the first time at the ranch and we see a new baby.

We are trying to find a new wagon (old wagon), but...
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DAKOTAH DRIVES AGAIN!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, February 18, 2011,
Doesn't Ron look good in his pink shirt in the white carriage.  This was our madien voyage on the streets of Bandera. Everyone was happy to see Jeannie's carriage back on the streets. We will be using our team JR and Montana (Monty). Ron really doesn't like driving the Belgians too much, but aren't they beautiful.  We've been hitching them up to Jeannie's antique circus wagon.  She bought another Vis a Vis and it's supposed to be delivered today.  Bullet, her white mini stud pony is having hi...
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BLANCO BILLY "DAGOATA"

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,
I know, enough about the goat!  Cant help it, he's just too cute.  We took the carriage out for a spin in town and the town was all abuzz and the paper wants to do an interview.  Jeannie is all excited now and I guess we are taking a caravan of wagons into town this afternoon. I'm now restoring the vis a vis carriage, which is a job in itself.

We still love Bandera. Jeannie tells us how brutal it's going to be in the summer here, so we cant be living in this motorhome, so we need to get back t...
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BLANCO BILLY - THE MIRACLE GOAT

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, February 7, 2011,
Well, after believing that Blanco could be paralized for life and he might need wheels to get around, it just broke my heart, so I started massaging his legs and stretching his tendons vigorously much to his squealing.  Well it paid off, his one leg started to straighten out and he stopped dragging it, but the other leg was a concern.  I experimented with splints and the poor thing looked like the poster baby for polio goats!  Finally, I found the right splint and watch out - took him out thi...
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BLANCO BILLY - MIRACLE GOAT

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, February 7, 2011,
We were so sad because we didn't think Blonco was going to pull through - his poor little legs just would not straighten out - so I massaged and put pressure on the tendon gently, then a series of splints and 1 leg straightened out and now, with the help of the splint, he's trying to do back flips and now he is RUNNING! A miracle, but now I don't know that I can keep up with him.  Going through 5 bottles of milk a day.

The little white pony's name is Bullet - he is a stud pony - mane reaches t...
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JEANNIE'S OLD MACDONALD'S FARM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, February 4, 2011,
Well, the last few days, we just as well have been in Montana! Freezing and all the outside pipes froze and we ran out of water for all the animals here. Ron jockeyed water and split it up between all the animals - I didn't even get a shower to save on water.  Weird - here we are in a motorhome and we had water in our tank that didn't freeze and most of Bandera did not have any water.  We finally found water today at the local feed store thank goodness. We have around 80 animals to water, so ...
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JEANNIE DRIVES AGAIN!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,
I don't know how Ron and I manage to find wonderful and interesting people, but we do.  Jeannie P. is one of a kind with a heart as big as Texas.  Lived for years in a tipi (I can relate), but her love of animals is what keeps her going.  She had a carriage business in Bandera for years with her vis a vis carriage and her wonder horse Comet. Her team of belgians that you see here in the picture - their names are "Lucken" and "Bach" - sweet, dear horses.  That's Jeannie and Wes on the circus w...
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 THE SAGA OF RON DAKOTAH

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 www.rondakotah.com, 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