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HOWDY Y'ALL - WE'RE BACK

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, July 2, 2012,
I haven't updated in awhile - we have been so busy and it's so much easier to post to Facebook.  We have a new longhorn steer named Ranger, who will be pulling my little baby wagon. I have a new horse Commanche Moon. He's a seasoned parade horse who likes to prance.  He's terrified of the wagon, so weve been tying him to the wagon and taking the whole dog and pony show into town.  Lots of picture taking and I guess we're in one of the newspapers.

Ron has a gig with an old west show in Septembe...
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MARDI GRAS BANDERA TEXAS STYLE!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, February 12, 2012,
Our wagon with 4 up sponsored by The Frontier Times Museum. Our outrider was Jeannie Beauxbennes.  It was freezing!  After we put away the horses, we went back uptown and joined the wild Bandera people in a Gumbo tasting and jellow shots (a first for both of us).
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RUSTY COWBOY WAGON!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, February 2, 2012,
Well, we're having alot of fun decorating the Rusty Cowboy Wagon - my new mobile cowboy store in Bandera. We have dusty sitting up there on the wagon - now I know everyone is going to want a photo opp with him!  Putting on cowhide seats and such and going to load it up with my cowgirl art, exotic purses and my signature hats.

Next, we see Wes Hatch and his mules stopping by yesterday to visit.  He and Ron are going on a trail ride with their wagons this weekend.  I'm staying home with the goat...
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TERIS NEW WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, January 12, 2012,
We've been coveting this wagon since we moved here and it worked out, we are now the new owners of this adorable mini covered wagon.  I can't wait to gypsy it up and put cowhide seats on it.  Now, which horse is going to pull it!


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THE GOAT WHISPERER!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, January 12, 2012,
Well, it started out as "weight management" for Blanco Billy Diagoatah McGilvrey Parker.  He looks like hes pregnant.  He's a natural at pulling and of course, having the wagon master Ron as a teacher doesnt hurt!  Of course, he likes to act up with me, but he's perfect with Ron.  I need tennis balls for those horns before I get hurt.  Ahhh - isnt he cute? 

,AY THE GOAT BE WITH YOU!
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PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, December 5, 2011,
While driving the stagecoach in the Veterans day parade, Ron was dressed in all his fringed regalia with this old funky hat that I cherish.  Intriqued, an artist in Bandera took a picture of Ron and about a week later, called us to tell us she had done a portrait in pastels and wanted us to see it.  We were amazed, so had to buy it.  This is a copy - the original is getting framed right now.  We will be selling signed copies to pay for the original  - if anyone is interested.

Well, winter is u...
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WILD BILL CODY RIDES!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, December 3, 2011,
Ron in all his regalia riding Contino!

Ron with the whole dang family with our covered wagon.

Blanco & Gypsy - a face only a mother could love!

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CUSTOM HORN BAGS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, November 28, 2011,
My newest project - custom made saddle horn bags!  Too fancy for the guys, but I think the cowgirls will love them. 

Well, were' pretty much done for the season except for the Xmas parade and our charity covered wagon ride for the Helping Hand thrift store here in Bandera!

I WISH EVERYONE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!




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VETERNS DAY BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, November 15, 2011,
Yet another parade - Bandera is parade central!  Ron let me hold the team for awhile, but there he is in all his fringed regalia.  It was also the opening of Jeannie Parkers Frontier Town, which I didn't get pics of because our brakes disengaged from the coach and we had to get it home.  There is Ron in all his fringed regalia!


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OPENING OF HUNTING SEASON BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, November 6, 2011,

Bandera was packed and all the street performers were out including us!

Generally, I don't take pictures of our clients with the stagecoach and we certainly don't let anyone ride shotgun, but in this case, I had to make an exception! Aaron and his dad were here hunting and Aaron is just the coolest, real deal cowboy and just looked every bit the "shotgun rider" part, so had to get a picture this time!  Aaron has wagons and mules and three little cowgirls and his dad is very proud!  Isn't this ...


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SATURDAY IN BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, October 30, 2011,
We took the stagecoach to town today and hung out with the other Bandera "street performers". Wes Hatch was there with his steer "Arrow" and then Dusty Britches showed up with his steer.  Unfortunately, I ran out of film with the buffalo showed up!  We had this wonderful crooner show up with his songs and story telling.

Theres a pic of our front yard - not everyone has a stagecoach in their front yard!

The dummy is Dusty - we rescued him from an abandoned hotel dowtown!

I love Dustry Britches gr...
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BANDERA RANCH HERITAGE DAYS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, October 28, 2011,
Ron and I took the stagecoach out to the State Natural Area for Ranch Heritage days.  I even got Ron into a costume, but on him, he just looked like the part!  He was born 100 years too late!

The elderly gentleman that I photographed is Kevin Fitzpatrick's father. Kevin is a world famous trick roper and the real deal - look him up.  Well, I had the pleasure of listening to him tell how Kevin learned to rope - wish I had had a tape recorder - it was classic!

Well - had to put the big white fluff...
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RON DRIVES 4 UP!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, October 27, 2011,
Well, Ron says no matter what, he's going out in a blaze of glory! He's been wanting to get all our horses harnessed and do 4 up and he finally got er done! So he's happy now!
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DAKOTAHS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,

Well, never a dull moment!  The Bandera Cattle Co. at the courthouse in Bandera - the horses wer'nt too jumpy!

The gunfighters with Ron and the stagecoach - that's Paul and Buffalo - very cool characters!

Video of Blanco and Gypsy munching down on leaves ( we have to provide leaves twice a day)

Pics of my latest purses - hopefully at Xmas they will do well and last, but not least - Cisco is going to "Mustang Makeover" in Houston with Pat Parelli - if I find that it will be televised, will let yo...


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RON DAKOTAH AND THE BIG "C" - PRAY FOR US

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 4, 2011,
Well, we are so close to the VA hospital, Ron decided to go in and get a check up. Unfortunately, they have diagnosed him with prostate cancer, a very slow growing cancer, but we don't know if it has spread. We will be making alot of trips to the VA and although Ron has a great attitude, he is still shook up.  I will be juicing him every day, as soon as I receive this fancy juicer and giving him doses of MMS, a miracle purification system.  With the price of hay here up to $500 a ton, if Ron ...
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CELEBRATE BANDERA DAYS - STAGECOACH/BANDERA CATTLE COMPANY HOLD UP

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, September 15, 2011,
The big, big doings in Bandera is Celebrate Bandera - The Bandera Cattle Company arranged to rob the stagecoach for Jack Links Jerkey Co. Ron decided to gallop the horses to the hold up down Main Street with thousands of people and we almost ran over Jeannie B, our outrider.

Well, it's cooling off a little and we're in the middle of a hay crisis - $500 a ton and going up - ACK! should have stayed in Montana!

We can't wait til winter - can't function in this heat!

MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU!


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ARTICLE IN THE BANDERA COURIER

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, August 18, 2011,

2011-03-17

Wagonmaster & cowboy artist find Bandera good fit

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC

Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery and Teri Freeman escaped Montana for warmer climes and ended up managing Jeanie Parker’s Cadillac Ranch on Upper Mason Creek Road off Highway 173 North. Parker runs a Noah’s Ark of rescued animals of various denominations along with a carriage service and driving school (carriage and wagon driving, that is!), among other unique business services.
Dakotah and Freeman met...


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HEAVEN & HELL

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, August 18, 2011,
Well, you all know how hot it is in Texas, but we just keep reminding ourselves how bad winter is in Montana.  I've put both cabins up for sale which includes all the inventory - that would be a load off my mind.

Our boss wants to build a frontier town which would be very, very cool.  She bought a piece of property near our new little cottage - Yes, I'm finally going to get out of the RV and into a normal house in town with pasture.

We are very, very busy running the stagecoach and taking care ...
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NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, July 27, 2011,
This weekend in Bandera, Tx - we celebrated the National Day of the American Cowboy! Is it really national?  Anyway, Kevin Fitzpatrick was there - world reknown trick roper and heck of the nice man! Kinky Friedman was there to be inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame as well as many others. Saloon girls, gunfighters and we had the stagecoach there giving rides. Wes Hatch was there with his jail house wagon giving rides - fun day in the very hot sun, but it was profitable and we got to see eve...
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CENTER POINT, TEXAS PARADE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, July 10, 2011,
Center Point is a tiny, tiny town with big town enthusiasm! There's Jeannie Parker and Jeannie Beauxbeenes with Goliath and the little pony standing along the parade route.

Today, Sunday, Ron went into town and had a couple of rides and it's unclear how, but JR got tangled up and went across the guard rail and down on the ground - Ron unloaded by poor bloody horse this afternoon. Hosed him down and medicated him and he seems OK. I'm almost glad I wasn't there to see it happen!

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PAINTED COWBOY BOOTS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, June 21, 2011,
Let me show you what I've been doing!  I have a little booth in  11th St. Mercantile here in Bandera and  these are just some of the items I have in my booth.  My booth hasn't been doing very well as compared to Montana where I was sold out of my painted work on a regular basis.  I just need to be discovered Oh well, maybe the cowgirl trailer will get me some good work. Check out rustycowboy2.com for more of my work.


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OK - SO I LOVE MY GOATS-CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, June 21, 2011,
Check out the new horses - big black percherons - all they do is eat! What a waste!

Blanco finds the hay nets and drags them around the ranch on his horns.  Blanco having his way with Gypsy  - obviously, he didn't get the memo from the vet that he's a unich.  Blanco likes to test his strength against our legs - I win so far, but he's only 4 months old - just wait.

My newest project - I painted a a burro trailer for Jeannie - she's going to pull it with horses - can't wait to see her going down ...
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GOATS & SUCH

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, June 6, 2011,
Remember when Blanco was a day old with his poor little paralized legs? Look how little and vulnerable he is? Now look at him sparring with his wife Gypsy.

Picture of Gypsy teaching poor old Cheyenne to graze....I guess I'd better give her some dog food!





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STAGECOACH FOR HIRE IN BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, June 6, 2011,
Concord replica stagecoach available for hire for special and corporate events. Also available are two wedding carriages. Stagecoach can be seen downtown Bandera, Texas Thursday through Sunday. Call 707-267-4751 for further information
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STAGECOACH BANDERA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, June 2, 2011,
Yet another parade in Bandera - this time in our (Jeannie Parker's) reproduction Concord Coach - isn't she a beauty - wish we could have had 4 up on the coach but we only have harness for two - everything went smoothly and we enjoyed a chuckwagon lunch by Kelly Scott at the Cadillac Cottage.  The gentleman holding up the painting is "Larry the cable guy's" uncle and he swears that Larry got his accent and humor from him!  Our stagecoach is parked in his front yard for now.

We are working hard ...
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BANDERA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ON THE STAGECOACH

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, May 30, 2011,
Well, yet another parade for Ron and I here in Bandera - the stagecoach was a big hit - too bad we didn't have 4 up, but don't have the harness yet for it - also don't know if we won our division! We came around that corner and there was a sea of thousands of people - the horses did great!  Our outrider, who by the way was a great help, was Jeannie Beauxbonnes who owns Desert Hearts Cowgirl Club Trail Rides.

After the parade, we went to Jeannie Parker's new Cadillac Cottage for rent for the gr...
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BRAND NEW ANNIE JANE CHICKS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, May 30, 2011,
If you read earlier blogs, you heard about the tragic end of "Annie" our beloved pet chicken that was killed by our boss'es killer rat terrier's - they are now off the property, but not too soon. Anyway, we saved some of annie's eggs and put them under a ranch hen that went to sitting and lo and behold, we have 3 of Annie's kids. Wasn't easy though - the first egg hatched and the ants attacked the mom and baby - killed one baby and the other baby and mom bailed abandoning the eggs, so Ron bro...
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CHUCKWAGON RACES IN BANDERA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, May 20, 2011,
Twin Elm dude ranch in Bandera puts on the qualifying races for chuckwagons.  I was a bit disappointed because they really werent chuckwagons, but exciting none the less.  Wes Hatch was there with his jailhouse wagon that I did the lettering on.. The Gunslingers of Bandera were there and put on a show.  I can't believe there weren't any accidents cause they were going full out!

On a sad note, Blanco is really sick - he has urinary calculi and can't pee - this is the third time we've had him to...
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CADILLAC RANCH TOURS-NEW STAGECOACH

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, May 8, 2011,
Check out the new stagecoach! High dollar paint job with all the whistles.  Ron took it to Bandera yesterday and participated in the gunslingers performance - check out www.banderacattlecompany.com - don't know if they've uploaded the video yet or not.

Theres a pic of Jeannie driving her new stagecoach!

MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU!




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COWBOY CAMP HALF MOON RANCH BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, May 2, 2011,
We were invited to the Half Moon Ranch in Bandera for "Cowboy Camp".  Half Moon is a beautiful facility for boarding, trail rides and stud service. We thought we wouldn't know anyone, but to our delight, we saw alot of friends.  Didn't know that Lew from Bunkhouse Leather could play the guitar!  Wes was there with yet another interesting mule drawn vehicle.

Great food, great music and wonderful people - we can't wait for the next one.

MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU!


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STAGECOACH IN BANDERA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, May 2, 2011,
Ron couldn't help himself, he just had to hook up the team and take the stagecoach for a spin - he's a natural!  Our boss announced to us that she bought another stagecoach - a Concord 9 seater - looks like we're going to have to use Belgians to pull that one. Now, how to get them and the horses to events.  Can't wait to take the stagecoach downtown Bandera!

Here's a pic of Gypsy relaxing - isn't she precious?  We had a bad scare with blanco - apparently corn chips, raisins and chicken food is...
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PLAYING TOURIST IN BANDERA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, April 28, 2011,
What a surprise when my family announced an upcoming visit. My 92 year old mother and my sister from Las Cruces. They oonly could be here one day, so we packed it in. Ron arrived in the middle of our shopping with horses and carriage for a cruise. We ran into the Gunslingers in the General Store and got our pictures taken.

Jeannie found a stagecoach online so Ron and I went to OK to pick it up - 24 hours on the road through the fires.  The Gunslingers want to use it in their skits in order to ...
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MORE PICTURES OF THE COWBOY WEDDING

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, April 15, 2011,

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BANDERA COWBOY WEDDING

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, April 15, 2011,
Well, we did our first Bandera wedding - a wonderful couple from England wantedf a real Texas cowboy wedding, so we gabe them one.  Kelly Scott was there with his chuckwagon and Jeannie rode her big horse Peanut and Ron and I drove the carriage and took them down to the Longhorn Saloon for their reception.

BLANCO GOT A NEW GIRLFRIEND! Jeannie brought over the most beautiful little girl goat for blanco - her name is gypsy, but she is wild. I have her eating corn chips out of my hand, but she do...
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STILL IN BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, March 27, 2011,
Well, we're still here and loving it. Still living in the motorhome which is a challenge, but better now that the goat has outgrown his cage and is now living outside.  Check him out taking a nap in Ron's chair - talk about relaxed.
 
Bullet's wife (the white stud pony) had a baby and apparently when mini horses are born, they need to be trimmed right away. There's Ron with the little horse under his arm. You don't see me with goat in tow, trying to keep the mother horse from trying to kick Ron...
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JEANNIE PARKER DRIVES THE GIANT

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, March 11, 2011,
Jeannie finally harnessed her new horse "Critter" - Ok - we call him Goliath for obvious reasons.  Ron and I decided we wanted to ride him - Getting on was easy and actually - you just grab his mane and slide down to get down.  He's very rough riding, but a gentle giant.

Ron has figured out how to exercise the stud pony - very creative.

Blanco has decided that he wants to sit on my head - cute when he's a month old - not so cute when he's 150 lbs. Hopefully we are getting a little girl goat ove...
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CADILLAC RANCH FARM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, March 9, 2011,
Well, the weather has turned hot, but the locals say this is nothing - summer is brutal and you should be submerged in water at all times.

We have eggs coming out of our ears and giving them away - Jeannie has a chicken coop and two roosters and the young one was miserable, so we let him out for AnnieJane - they make such a cute threesome - but the rooster is not in charge - Jane is.  We also had tons of baby pegions - yellow.

We let the Belgians all in together and what a show that was - kicki...
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CADILLAC RANCH FARM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, March 9, 2011,
Well, we're getting into hot weather and the locals say this is nothing - summer is brutal and you want to be submerged in water at all times.  This weekend we will try some carriage rides and see what's what.  I'm trying to get Bullet ready, but when he was young he was attached by pit bulls and he has a condition on his back that needs attention so I bathe his back every day and apply medicine.

See my new coat that I wont need in Texas? It will be for sale.  I've been painting boots as you c...
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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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BANDERA - FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE WE'VE EVER MET!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, January 30, 2011,

   RON & TERI

Ron and I have never consistently met so many nice people as since we've been in the hill country! Everyone is trying to help and make suggestions and find a place for us to land. Since Ron is going to be doing the carriage for Jeannie Parker from the Kadilec Ranch, it makes more sense for us to be based there and drive the carriage into town, rather than hooking uand unhooking the horse trailer.  I got Ron's publicity book together with all the newspaper interviews from the last...
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BANDERA, TEXAS - BRIGHTER DAYS HORSE REFUGE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, January 30, 2011,

We went out to see the wonderful ladies of Brighter Days in Pipe Creek (near Bandera) and met some of the wonderful creatures that they have rescued.  Ron offered to take care of their feet and donate his services.

This is the largest donkey I've ever seen.  He can barely walk, but he's well taken care of!

The lepord appy and white horse are both blind and they take care of each other and are just the sweetest horses.

The horser with the blue blanket is 40 years old and can't hardly eat, but hap...
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BANDERA HILL COUNTRY - END OF THE TRAIL

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, January 25, 2011,
Well, after a long hard trip, this is the end of the trail as far as I'm concerned.  We've been staying in the back yard of a dear sweet man who is a character - Howard Smith.  My friend in Colorado, Jerry McElroy has a brother in San Antonio who used to play in a band where Howard used to hang out, so a few emails later, I get an email from Howard who rescued us.  He made it real clear that we were not staying long, so we've been out beating the bushes.  We are meeting with a lady tomorrow w...
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CAMP IN OZONA, TEXAS - BANDERA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, January 18, 2011,

Here are some more pics of our camp in Ozona, Texas - Very nice people - we were mowing their grass down for them.

We arrived in Bandera and went through rush hour.  Cute little town, like ennis, but more cowboy - we headed to the park, but it was closed because of a private hunt. Turned around and headed for the rodeo grounds - way too expensive. Then, we made the mistake of taking a windy, steep road looking for a place and it's all very private on the way back to Kerrville. It was getting l...


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OZONA, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
Boy, Texas is a big state! Pulled over in Ozona, Texas yesterday afternoon. Found the fairgrounds, but way too fancy and no grass. We were getting a little concerned about a place to stay when we happened upon a truck stop off a frontage road and pulled in behind and saw tons of grass, so thankfully we parked.  This morning, fog and rain, so we decided to stay another day and find propane and water. We will be pulling into Bandera area tomorrow, weather permitting.

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CAMP IN VAN HORN, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, January 13, 2011,
I'm getting caught up, so here are the rest of the pictures to date.  Anniejane (calamity Jane and Annie Oakley - our beautiful Wynodotte chickens want to do a blog, so that will be coming up soon. Here's our camp in Van Horn, Texas.  They even left the light on for us. Ron got lucky, he didn't even have to put up a hot fence.  Anniejane are running amock, so if anyone tries to evict us, they will have to catch them. They are not fooled by marshmellows anymore.


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LAS CRUCES PICTURES

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, January 13, 2011,
 RON RELAXING ON MY SISTERS COUCH!

 TERI'S MOM & SISTER

 BAYLOR TRAILHEAD (WOLVES & MOUNTAIN LIONS WERE A CONCERN!

 INMATES AT THE LEESBURG DAM RV DUMP!

 OUR BOYS KNEE DEEP IN GRASS!

 ANNIEJANE- They are so confused, or are they?












Pictures of our first night in Las Cruces - The Santa Fe train car inside the abandoned restaurant.




















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VAN HORN, TEXAS - GETTING CLOSER

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, January 13, 2011,
Although I had a great time with my family in Las Cruces, it was time to go - getting too cold and the furnace kept killing our batteries.  We camped at the trailhead at Canyong Baylor next to Organ (a ghost town). We had permission, but of course another ranger visited us that didn't know that, so we had to move.  I made a deal with a guy up the street, Weston - great guy.  He had an RV park in Organ with knee high grass for the horses, so we dry camped and the horses did some mowing for him...
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TEXAS OR BUST!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, January 7, 2011,

Well, we pulled up stakes in Wickenburg - nothing happening and tired of buying hay - you're probably sick of hearing me talk about hay, but not to worry - TEXAS HAS GRASS! Actually, leaving AZ and going into New Mexico - we realized that NM has more vegetation than AZ.  We also knew that 103 degrees in the summer wasn't going to be pleasant, so off to Texas.

Jayce gave up and decided to move too. Too much stress trying to hang on to that place, so they already had a new tenant, who begged us ...


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"MAYBELLE" DONKEY RESCUE - WICKENBURG, AZ

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, January 1, 2011,
Well, the situation here got dire and Jayce decided it was time to find a good home and a better life for Maybelle, so my friend Dawn contacted her friend Susan at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue up in New River, Az - Susan showed up yesterday with her volunteer and we loaded her up for the trip to her new home with other donkeys and horses and lots of food and room. Susan was an amazing woman - been doing this for 25 years, even buys horses from the slaughter houses, so her bill every month is arou...
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ROPING MAYBELLE THE DONKEY

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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PICTURES FROM THE WICKENBURG TRAILS WEST ROPING

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, December 26, 2010,

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ROPING IN WICKENBURG, AZ - TRAILS WEST

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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WICKENBURG - WEEK THREE!

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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GREAT COWBOY STORE IN CAMP VERDE!

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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STILL IN WICKENBURG

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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THE RUSTY COWBOY IN WICKENBURG

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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LANDED FINALLY - IN WICKENBURG, AZ

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.

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BENSON ARIZONA - THE ARENA BAR!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, November 27, 2010,
Well, we've arrived in Benson Az - we are staying at the Arena Bar - roping arena with a bar - we are staying beyond the arena next to the roping cows and it is a dust bowl and Ron is not happy - we had the horses in a round corral and then had nothing to chew on so we had to go buy more hay! Getting expensive! Thanks to Joanne Hedge, who contributed to our "pony fund"! Any of you kind souls out there that would like to contribute to the "Dakotah Pony Fund" - a dollar goes a long way and it's...
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WANTED CARETAKER JOB - HORSES NM, AZ, TEXAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, November 24, 2010,
Well, that's what we're looking for! Too hard to land somewhere with horses and pay for rv/horse motel while we look around.  Ron is available to drive wagons, but can't seem to find any takers. So, after Thanksgiving with my Mother, we are headed towards Az and see what happens there.  Here are pictures of my Mom and I  in Hatch, NM and Mom with Ron and  Ron doing his not so favorite job - emptying out the "potty" at Ft. Seldon park right down the road.  Had to buy more hay yesterday - wow, ...
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LAUGHING SHEEP RANCH - CAPITAN, NM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, November 21, 2010,
Well, we were on our way to Las Cruces to see Mom and we got a call from Sally Canning at The Laughing Sheep Ranch to come by and see her, so we did a "uey" and went to the ranch. Wow - what a beautiful place! I was in hog heaven - sheep everywhere, cows, ducks, geese, horses, lamas and must have been a 1000 chickens running around as well as 5 dogs.  We had to leave our chickens in the horse trailer because they would have left home and we would never have been able to get them back.  Sally ...
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN - DAKOTAH BREAKING CAMP

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, November 16, 2010,
Well, we are off to Las Cruces tomorrow - find somewhere to camp around Hatch, somewhere my mom can get to easily.  Tried to secure a place at the rodeo grounds, but they charge and it was very unclear how much they were going to charge and good luck getting them to answer the phone.  Tried contacting the Las Cruces Horseman Association for help, but no response - I am learning a very disappointing lesson - just because you have horses, doesn't mean other horse people are going to help you ou...
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THE TURQUOISE TRAIL & SANTA FE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, November 13, 2010,
Decided to take a day trip and venture up the turquoise trail - wanted to see Madrid and Cerrillos. Wandered through the mountains through little towns and past huge expensive gated communities. Pulled into Madrid - what a shock - all the color and art, the old train and this groovy little red wagon Ron found parked at the end of town - I emailed Madrid and ask them if it was for sale. Real Estate very expensive there and a little too hippy to consder being a part of the art community. Very g...
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SUNDAY - HANGING IN VEGUITA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, November 7, 2010,
Just hanging out today - did alot of internet work this morning. Check out Ron with the kids "Anniejane".  They should start producing soon. Tomorrow - out in search of hay.  We can be reached at rustycowboys@gmail.com



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VEQUITA - FIRST WEEK

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, November 6, 2010,
We went to Las Cruces yesterday to see my mother.  The trip was long, but we got to see some of the countryside. Driving in LC was a nightmare and LC is not somewhere we want to be. Picture of Ron and I in front of one of my sister's paintings. Picture of Sam and Marie eating my cowboy ribs. Painting of "dog" by me. Look at that little ant carrying off a piece of Lynn's cake.  Well, emailing people everywhere trying to find a place.  We like Madrid and Cerrillos, but too cold to stay in the m...
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VEGUITA, NM DAY THREE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, November 3, 2010,
Yesterday was a beautiful day! Got alot done - Ron tried to put new shocks on the front, but he doesn't have the tools.  In the afternoon, we saddled up and took a ride across the desert looking for the wild herd of horses.  We found them and some mangey cows.  No rocks here like Montana - sand everywhere, but it gives under the horses and Yuma almost went down to his knees on me.  This morning I started my cowboy ribs - feeding the group tonight. Eli, Alex, Sam & Marie - all wonderful people...
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VEQUITA, NM - DAY TWO

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, November 1, 2010,
Woke up to a beautiful desert sunrise!  Decided to go to Belen to get supplies - the big city!  On the way home, picked up hay - that's where we saw the unique motorhome with cadillac front. Went to Wells Fargo - still trying to collect on a bad $300 check a old cowboy wrote for an antique saddle of mine. When we came out, there was this antique police car which was groovy - only $12k.  Had to get new shocks for the motorhome - man, the money is just flying out of the wagon account. Thank god...
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VEGUITA, NM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, October 31, 2010,
I just spoke to Sam for a few minutes. A kind soul just helping people.  Took a few pics around the place - our horses finally calmed down and started eating.  Going into Belen tomorrow and get some groceries and apparently there is a horse motel just down the street - we'll go down and see if we can buy some hay. In the meantime, we are hooked up to power, water and sewage - wow - did I say it before.....full bars on the internet - I couldn't even update the website this fast at home.  At on...
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WE'VE LANDED IN SOCORO COUNTY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, October 31, 2010,
My friend Rosemary Garcia hooked us up with this wonderful man named Sam that owns a piece of property just outside Mountainair on 70 west.  He operates a non profit organization which I will find out more about - we met Alex, Eli and Marie also and they are very nice. He has a nice little pasture next to a guy who raises thouroughbreds, so we'll talk to him about hay.  This is truly different country.  As soon as I'm done with this, I'll go out and take some pics.  The horses are happy, but ...
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WE HAVE LANDED IN NEW MEXICO!!! CLOVIS, NM

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, October 28, 2010,
It's been a harrowing day - first thing at first light horses were out - then we discovered that our batteries were dead - using the furnace too much while we took a few days off. So we already got off to a bad start - then tiny two lane highway for miles with semis trying to kill us - had to take two panic pills today and never did calm down - then we got lost and had to turn around - what a waste of gas. We think we've found a place in town for a blue flame heater so we don't have to use th...
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MORTON TEXAS BUGGY RIDE-WHITEHEAD CARRIAGES

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, October 27, 2010,
WOW! Teri got her first ride in a limo! Little Oreo pulling the limo - went for a ride through Morton - what a smooth ride!  This has been the best camp yet! I will be sad to leave.


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LEAVING MORTON TEXAS TOMORROW

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, October 27, 2010,

We are at the ranch of Jim & Jeanine Whitehead in Morton TX - He is a wagon master and has some beautiful wagons and horses.  They are booked every weekend.  They are just the sweetest most helpful people. I want to thank them for letting us rest behind their barn for 3 days.  Pics of me on Jim's tractor.  There's Jim & Ron trading stores.  Can you believe that Jane jumped that high up onto the hay.  The chickens are in heaven and won't pay any attention to me anymore.  Ron working on the gen...


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THIRD CAMP OUTSIDE BOISE CITY, OK

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 26, 2010,

Found Bonnie Dam and pulled off just to find out it was $12 a night, so we turned around and half way down the road, pulled over on to the shoulder with long grass and parked there.  Ron pumped water out of the creek for the horses and the dog romped in the long grass - nice quiet camp, except for the train and no cell or internet service.  We are truly traveling the rural ag route.  Started getting windy the next day and hasn't let up since. We can be reached at rustycowboys@gmail.com  After...


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SECOND CAMP - SOMEWHERE IN NEBRASKA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 26, 2010,

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FIRST CAMP - HARDIN MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 26, 2010,
Our first camp was in Hardin, Montana - we stayed with Mike Mortenson and his wife. They are very cool, laid back people and were very gracious in offering us there beautiful pasture where we took the day off so we could find a new tire as we had a blow out half way there. Besides, I needed a day off after going through the Livingston Pass. My panic pills didn't work too well that day. Look at Annie Oakley on the dash of the motorhome - they wanted to stay up there while Ron was driving!


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LOADING THE WILLOW WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, October 24, 2010,
Well, there it goes! Look how happy Ron is!                
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RON & TERI NEW MEXICO OR BUST

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, October 23, 2010,

Well, we've been on the road for a week.  Had a blow out on the horse trailer the first day, so the first chance we had, we bought 4 new tires otherwise on these back roads, we would have blown them all out.  I have a new laptop and still trying to learn it, so haven't figured out the pics yet, but taking lots of pics.  For those of you who don't know, I have a phobia about driving, especially in the mountains and I'm following Ron in my truck - he's pulling the horses with the motorhome.  It...


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NEW MEXICO OR BUST IN THE NEW BUS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, September 23, 2010,

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NEW MEXICO OR BUST

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, September 17, 2010,
Well, we bought a new horse trailer and a motorhome to pull it as well as a new laptop to keep in touch with everyone - whew! getting expensive - of course I had to sell my groovy 49' chevy to help pay for it. - The Rusty Cowboy is selling as much as possible to finance the trip and all our new toys and it looks like we are out of here middle october.  Cant seem to load pics on this computer, some sort of virus, so as soon as I figure out the new computer, will upload some pics of our new toy...
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testing it

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, August 16, 2010,
Just wanted to test the site.

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RON & TERI- AREN'T WE CUTE!!!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, August 13, 2010,


1 year and we're still together!  Ron and the wagon are at the County Fair in Twin Bridges, Mt. I'm going to join him there on Saturday so we can be in the parade.  The wagon is getting alot of attention so lets hope for the best.  He said if anyone asks, he's selling the team and the wagon for 20K.  I would miss JR and Monty.

Felt like snow today - another reason to get out of Montana - it's August for heaven's sake!

Well, waiting for a date from the Auctioneer - we are auctioning off the Rust...
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LUNCH WITH THE RUSTY COWBOY CHICKENS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, July 15, 2010,
The Rusty Cowboy chickens Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane know when it's lunch time and they ultimately find us and basically take the food out of your mouth - literally!  Can you believe they are babies!

 The Rusty Cowboy Cowgirl trailer, along with the willow wagon are both on tinyhouseblog.com - Check out the progress on the trailer!

  Ron put canvas on the ceiling and I am painting the walls faux wood.  Little by little, we are making progress.  Check back for pics of Ron's new invention - t...
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DAKOTAH RIDES WITH RIK "HAWK" HURST - MOUNTAIN MAN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, July 14, 2010,
 Dakotah and Rick "Hawk" Hurst coming into the driveway of the Rusty Cowboy. I got a call from a girlfriend that a mountain man was coming up the road from Cameron dressed in mountain man garb - of course we were intriqued.  Ron decided to ride out and meet him on the road and ride back (we have the most interesting people stop in at the Rusty Cowboy).  Imagine my surprise when Ron rode in with Hawk - an old friend that I did a movie with in Nevada City, Mt. 10 years ago!!! The name of the mo...
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NEW FRIENDS JIM & ANGELA KARANAS

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, July 7, 2010,
 The one thing I'm going to miss about The Rusty Cowboy is meeting wonderful people like Jim & Angela.  I think unique people attract unique people! They are on bikes touring the US. They bought one of my painted cowgirl tables which will be waiting for them when they return.  This morning, they showed up in their regalia (I should have taken a pic) with a wonderful note and a wonderful contribution for our trip to New Mexico. Thank you so much Jim and Angela!  We will definitely keep in touc...
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ENNIS 4TH OF JULY PARADE - RON DAKOTAH & TERI FOR THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, July 7, 2010,
 Ron & Teri in the Ennis, Montana 4th of July Parade.  The whole dang family was in the parade. The "Willowwagon" was a huge success, but unfortunately we didn't win - I'm very disappointed that the Bozeman Tea Party won the parade on a political platform. Oh well, we had fun and everyone got to see the wagon and all the work Ron put into it.

 Ron looking like his old self!

 Check it out - our little wagon that Ron made on the back of the Willowwagon - Contina (on the right) was not impressed a...
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WILLOW WAGON IS DONE!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, June 24, 2010,
 The back of the Willowwagon. The little wagon is just a humorus touch when we pull the wagon in the parade on the 4th!

 The pics just don't do it justice!

 Those are Ron's old leather fly nets as curtains for the bed.  We are still trying to scare up a double mattress and as soon as we can afford it, new floor.

We are still trying to get all of the old cabins sold as well as the cowgirl trailer, the Ken-craft trailer and the two horse trailer.  We would love to have a 4 horse trailer with livin...
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PROGRESS ON THE WILLOW WAGON!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, June 15, 2010,


Ron had no idea what a task this wagon would be, but as it turns out - he is quite the artist!  We are trying to get the wagon together to pull in the parade on the 4th with a for sale sign on it. YES FOLKS - DAKOTAH'S WAGON IS FOR SALE! As well as all my buildings at the Rusty Cowboy! Anyone want a miners cabin from Virginia City, Mt - down, it will fit in a stock trailer!

Now, I have to sell everything in the cabin!  Ron and I are working hard to find where to go for the winter while we scop...
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RAINBOW OF THE WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, June 9, 2010,
 Rainbow over the wagon! Been raining and windy here for weeks - summer just can't seem to arrive. Just a reminder of why we want to get OUT of Montana!  The wagon is almost finished - next post you will pics of the amazing work Ron is doing.

Been contacting people all over NM and Az - trying to figure out where to go, elevation, price of hay, climate, people. It's all overwhelming - we just want to go somewhere in the southwest for the winter and look around for where we want to be. The perfe...
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DAKOTAH RIDES AGAIN! MULES!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, May 17, 2010,


My girlfriend Lynn asked Ron to tune up her beautiful mule. He's a big one. Sweet mule, but his steering is broke!  After Ron got him tired, I got on him - my first mule - AND MY LAST.

 I don't care what anyone says, Mules are not like horses.

Well, summer is finally here and Ron's in a much better mood - it was touch and go for awhile there. He's still working on the wagon and he's off in the woods now looking for willows.  We've been riding every day and enjoying the weather.  This will be Th...
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RON DAKOTAH EXPERIENCING SPRING IN MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, May 4, 2010,
 Ron is dressed for howling cold north wind - just when you think spring is here, here comes the wind. He is having a heck of time finishing the wagon with this bitter cold. Ron is excited about moving to New Mexico with the warmer weather and less WIND! This wind is making him grumpy.
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DAKOTAH'S WILLOW WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, May 4, 2010,
 Ok - the door needs some help, but it's been too cold to paint the door. Old door out of my store and Ron installed a leaded window I had laying around.  This is going to be one unique wagon when it's finished! We plan on driving it in the 4th of July parade.  Well, I guess we've settled on around Las Vegas, NM - if anyone has any information on that area, please email us at stetson@3rivers.net
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JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT'S SPRING!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, April 13, 2010,

 It's been snowing and snowing and snowing! It's supposed to be 60 on Thursday - let's hope so. We are so over this. We are still waiting for ideas from you folks out there about where to go in New Mexico/Arizona - it has to be a place that we don't have to feed hay year round. You can contact us at stetson@3rivers.net


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DAKOTAH HARROWING THE PASTURE MONTANA STYLE!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, April 11, 2010,
 Dakotah getting ready to harrow the pasture - look where Yuma is standing - he fashioned a harrow with some old truck tires. Worked great! I jumped on for a ride and had a first hand view. Yesterday was a beautiful rare day, so Dakotah harrowed the pasture and then we rode the rest of the day - everybody got a workout! I took video of him, now just have to figure out how to get it uploaded.




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DAKOTAH BUILDS A SNOWMAN AT THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, April 6, 2010,
 Here's a pic of me with Dakotah's snowman he built on the back of my 49 Chevy!
 Here's a pic of my 49 Chevy - look at all that snow!
 The old green represents my sentiments!
 An overall view of the snow at the Rusty Cowboy!
Our ponies digging in the snow for grass!
DAKOTAH'S SNOWMOBILE!
 Anne Oakley (you can't see Calamity Jane) our newest chicks.  They are right above the wood stove keeping warm. Dakotah is spoiling them rotten and they think he is their mom!

Well - GOTTA GO THROW SNOWBALLS NOW!...
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EASTER IN ENNIS MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, April 5, 2010,
 Here's a pic of Ron & I with Irma and Dixie on Easter Day.  Irma used to be a rodeo queen back in the day and she's still a hand with as many stories as Dakotah has.  Today Ron is out creating a harrowing machine to attach the horses to to harrow the pasture - Don't worry, I'm going to take pics.

Hope everyone had a good Easter - we did.
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PROGRESS ON DAKOTAH'S CAMP!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, April 3, 2010,


The camp is coming along nicely and it's time to start working on the outside.  I found some old ceiling tiles which Ron put up on the walls where the wood stove will go. Nice treatment on the window areas too!  Found and old door and beautiful stain glass window which will be the new door.  Ron took off the solar panels yesterday - looks wierd!  Anyway, the porch is next and we start building the bed.  Can you believe how creative Dakotah is!!! (of course with my gentle guidance).  Today its...
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REBUILDING DAKOTAH'S CAMP!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, March 25, 2010,


Wow - Dakotah's camp is getting a facelife with willows and barnwood!  Ron and I came up with a creative way to redo the camp with free stuff! Willows from the neighboring campground.  We put canvas on the top of the wagon and then put willows up to hold the canvas.  Check out the barnwood headboard with willows.  Ron's creative side is really coming out!  Keep checking in for updates on the progess of the wagon. Feel free to contact us at stetson@3rivers.net
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WINTER AT THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,


Well, we finally got winter in Montana! Snowed all night, but now the sun's out and it's melting fast! Only Yuma has snow poppers on so I guess he'll be working today.
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TWO WAGON MASTERS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, March 8, 2010,


We had a nice visit today from Billy Clark and his Dad! Billy has a large horse operation here in Ennis and has quite a few wagons.  Billy drove me to South Dakota to pick up Dakotah's horses. In fact, Billy has Ed and has been driving him with wagon.

Well, we got the canvas today for the camp and we will be covering the inside of the wagon with the canvas soon and fitting the willows to the top - will put pictures up of our progress.

The weather has been so good lately, we've been enjoying rid...
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAKOTAH IN MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, March 3, 2010,


This was a rare day in February in Montana - 50 degrees and no wind, so we spent no time saddling up the horses! That's me on Yuma (my wonderful Christmas present) and Ron getting ready to saddle the arab.  Horses are really coming along.  Ron starts his day making coffee then out with the dog to feed the horses. Then he's off to the chicken coop to rebuild this or rearrange that (he knows his chickens). Then he's off cleaning up the property, or cleaning tack, or shoeing horses.  He's collec...
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VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, February 15, 2010,


Valentine's day - shoeing JR is always a pleasure!  He is so tall, one has to barely bend over and delighted just to stand there - just have to keep Teri away from him spoiling him with treats. He forgets all about me and wants to be with Teri - well, in the end, she finally got him!  After shoeing, we grabbed Contino and rode JR and Contino to the fairgrounds and a nice ride around town. NO WIND! Any day in Ennis with no wind, is a great day! 

We are going to be photographed today by a photo...
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DAKOTAH GOES PRARIE SLEDDING ON UTUBE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, January 22, 2010,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9iBngA-Jx0 - WATCH RON DAKOTAH PRARIE SLEDDING! The river has gourged and now we have a skating rink and it's brought out the kid in Dakotah - watch for updates on Ron's progress - I still think we should tie him to the horses! Stetson@3rivers.net
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PICTURES OF THE MADISON RIVER GOURGE

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, January 22, 2010,
Dakotah took a pic of the gourge right off our pasture.  It's so high under the bridge, we're afraid its going to take the bridge out.  It has leached into our pasture and before it froze into a skating pond, the horses were playing in it and bathing in it.  This is not something you want to walk out on.
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DAKOTAH CLEARING THE PROPERTY AT THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, January 22, 2010,
 The Rusty Cowboy truck loaded with junk wood that's been sitting here for years - last of the junk that Dakotah has cleared up around here!  He's out riding Yuma right now, and we're waiting for a big snow storm.  I'm trying to download a pic of Ron sleding on the ice.  As soon as I figure it out, I will post it!

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DAKOTAH'S CHRISTMAS AT THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, December 26, 2009,


Dakotah in his new coat holding Yuma after a cold ride around town!  Dakotah had his best Christmas ever and Santa brought him all new cowboy gear and then off to Scott & Lynn's ranch for prime rib and pecan pie (Dakotah was in heaven all day!) We are pretending it's not winter and trying to ride every day.  Today is 0 degrees, but no wind and lots of sun (glad we are not in South Dakota though).  WE WISH YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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DAKOTAH BASKING IN -20 DEGREE MONTANA SUN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, December 8, 2009,
 Believe it or not, when you have a big bonfire going, you can actually bask in the sun in 20 below!  Of course, our neighbors think we're nuts!
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DAKOTAH HARNESSING ED'S REPLACEMENT!!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, December 5, 2009,
Ron had to reconfigure Ed's harness to fit his new replacement. Perfect for hauling firewood. NOTHING LIKE MOOSE POWER!  Teri can't wait to get a saddle on him (we're still looking for the saddle).
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DAKOTAH & TERI - DAY AFTER TURKEY DAY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, November 27, 2009,
Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving - I know we did! Dakotah gets pretty excited about the holidays and all the sweets and goodies that go along with it!  He's working it off today by cutting up all that wood (that's me watching).  We've been waiting for the wind to quit for days and no end in sight!  Sometimes I think Dakotah is sorry he's not in balmy Texas, but this is better than South Dakota, I'm sure.  All, in all, he's keeping busy, no end of chores on our tiny farm.  I'm going to try...
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DAKOTAH TUNING UP THE HAY WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, November 19, 2009,
Yesterday the wind died down, so we took the opportunity to take the wagon out and test the lights.  They went on for a split second and then the transformer died - got to work on that and xmas music off a new transformer. Trotted down Main Street to everyone's delight and slowed down the semi truck traffic. Dakotah is still a long way from getting the wagon gutted so we can restore it.  He's having a good time and settling in to domesticity and putting on a few pounds~

Happy trails!
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DAKOTAH SURVIVING FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, November 14, 2009,


Dakotah is coping with the first snow of the season! Between doctoring my horse, fixing the chicken coop, gutting his wagon, changing out wood stoves and now shoveling porches, Dakotah is busy!  He spent part of the day putting lights on the hay wagon which we are going to use to haul people - it's going to be a long, but fun winter!
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DAKOTAH PONDERING THE OLD WEST IN VIRGINIA CIY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, November 11, 2009,
 Sunday, Dakotah and I took the day off and had breakfast in historic Virginia City, Montana. The weather was absolutely gorgeous there, considering that the wind  was howling in Ennis. Had a beer at the famous Pioneer Bar and met some colorful locals!  We've been busy changing out wood stoves - Dakotah finally made the commitment and took his wood stove out of the wagon and brought her into the house. It's been so toasty since, but the wagon is cold and lonely, but that's OK - we are going t...
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DAKOTAH RIDES AGAIN!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, November 7, 2009,
 Ron spent hours riding Yuma (above), JR and Contina - everyone did well and I can't wait to ride Yuma, when he's ready.  Dakotah is thrilled to be riding again and I have to tell you, watching him is a treat - he is quite the horseman!

Check out the "Images" section of this site for more pics of Ron doing chores at the Rusty Cowboy!
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DAKOTAH BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, November 6, 2009,
 Dakotah back on the road again, shy 4,000 lbs. The horses are enjoying the easy load thanks to Billy Clark who loaned us the people hauler. What people fail to realize is, horses like us, are much happier with a job.  The weather has been great except for the wind...more wind than I would like. More like South Dakota!

We have been invited to participate with the wagon in the Christmas Stroll and will be hauling people up and down Main Street with the wagon. We took a test drive with JR and Mo...
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PIONEER REVIEW ARTICLE - PHILLIP, SOUTH DAKOTA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, October 28, 2009,
10/9/2009 10:34:00 AM  Email this articlePrint this article 
Wagon Ho! - thru Philip and beyond

By Del Bartels

by Del Bartels

After 26 years of traveling the United States, by horse-drawn wagon, Ron McGilvery, is thinking of settling down.

Raised in Gettysburg, SD, he is friends with Sonny LaBeau, and comes through Philip every so often to renew the friendship. "He came through in '95, then 2004, I believe, and now," said LaBeau. "In Gettysburg, he had a '53 Mercury with ...

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DAKOTAH REFLECTING ON NATIVE AMERICAN WAGON

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 27, 2009,
 I got Dakotah to pose after we took the tipi down for the winter - good thing too - yesterday we had 70 mph winds - boy was the wagon rocking and rolling - think it moved a foot. Guess we need blocks under the wheels.

Today, off to the forest service to get firewood permit and then on to Billy Clarks to discuss hay, wagons and hay feeder. Billy is going to loan us a small wagon to run around town in - we have a new truck, but Ron prefers the horse driven kind.

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DAKOTAH BLENDING IN WITH THE RUSTY COWBOY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, October 24, 2009,


As many of you folks who have been reading my blog, will soon find out that this is now me "Ron Dakotah" - covered wagon guhru! I am delighted to finally get to speak via our wonderful technology! So here it goes...Billy Clark- a local cowboy came to Whitelake, SD on the 13th and picked up the horses, but most of all, he brought my precious sweetheart.  We had two days together before we had to pick up Andy (my son) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Lots of changes.  Horses gone. Andy is coming from Engla...
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DAKOTAH IN WHITE LAKE, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, October 10, 2009,
 Photo courtesy of www.theoasisofmysoul.com

Dakotah and his boys are resting comfortably in White Lake, South Dakota. The horses need to hair up because it's getting colder there.  Ron is working on the wagon to get it ready to pull behind my truck.  Billy Clark and I are leaving Montana Monday morning with horse trailer in tow to pick up Ron's horses.  Billy will return to Ennis with the horses and Andy (Ron's son) and I will pull the wagon back to Montana. Of course, I would rather have a f...
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DAKOTAH'S JOURNEY HAS ENDED -HIS NEW JOURNEY HAS BEGUN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, October 7, 2009,
 

The End of the Trail…and of a Legend

Erin Walti/Sun

While most people in South Dakota don’t think twice when they see a horse or rider, traffic slowed considerably on Monday near Alco in Chamberlain when they saw a team of six horses, a trailer, and a sheepherder’s wagon camped in the opposite ditch. That outfit belongs to Ron McGilvery, also known as Ron Dakotah, who has been travelling the country with a wagon and team for 26 years.

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HEADING OUT OF CHAMBERLAIN, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, October 6, 2009,
 Photo courtesy of Shawna Roghair & Family.

Ron was shoeing his horses hear Oakton, SD and 3 little girls showed up on a black horse to watch him.  Mom and Dad showed up also to give Ron some wonderful homemade pickles and beef jerky! Yumm.

Well, the last 3 days have been a nightmare for Ron because of the weather - the horses have been wet and miserable and the wind has been non stop.  Dakotah is ready for this to be over.  He will be in Kimball tonight and then his destination of Whitelake to...
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DAKOTAH'S END OF THE TRAIL

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, September 30, 2009,
 Dakotah & Teri in Sturgis, SD.

Check out www.myspace.com/rondakotah - click on "Trails End".

Yesterday was a terrible day for Dakotah - wind blowing so hard, it blew him into another time zone. How bad was the wind? Blew rocks and debris at the horses so hard that they bolted and took off down the road.  Ron was a little shook up last night.  Today has been an easy pull and when I talked to him a few minutes ago, he was hiding behind a grain elevator out of the wind.  He is half way to Vivian ...
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DAKOTAH NEAR MURDO, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, September 29, 2009,
 As I was talking to Ron last night, he said he could hear music coming from this little 1800's town close by.  The town was originally built as a movie set and the horse Kevin Costner road in Dances with Wolves (Buck) lived there until he died in 2008 at age 33.  Ron has received alot of visitors from the town and has enjoyed it thoroughly.  He's on the move again today.  Looks like he has to do some interstate traveling today, so look out for him and pass with care.

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DAKOTAH RESTING IN KADOKA, SD.

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, September 27, 2009,
 After getting run out of Phillip, SD, Ron is resting comfortably  in Kadoka on I 90, and enjoying old friends. Went on a mule round up yesterday for Harold Schnee (please excuse me Harold if that's not the right spelling) and a horse sale with Jeff. The people in Kadoka are good folks. He is taking Sunday off and then will be on his way.

Picture at the top is courtesy of The Black Hills Review.

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DAKOTAH RUN OUT OF PHILLIP, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, September 25, 2009,
 This is a picture I took when I was at the wagon in Sturgis.

Well, once again Ron meets with unfriendly authorities and has been run out of Phillip.  Ron is really surprised this time. Complaints about the horses in the ditch - worries of them running on to the road. However, on an up note, Ron got to spend time with a childhood friend Sonny and talk over old times. Ron is now going up the road to Midland, SD and let the horses rest there.

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DAKOTAH HEADED TO PHILLIP, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, September 23, 2009,
  "Blue Horse" - Broadus, Montana

Ron is on Highway 73 headed towards Phillip, SD. Other than a few steep pulls out of the Cheyenne River, and some cold weather, he's had a pretty easy time of it. The horses are good except for temper tantrums by Yuma and Monty.  Ron says howdy to all nice people he's met in the last few days.  If anyone takes pics of the wagon, please forward them to stetson@3rivers.net

Giddy up!
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DAKOTAH HEADING TO HOWES, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, September 20, 2009,



Here's a picture I took of Dakotah when I was in Sturgis, just relaxing after a harrowing experience with the wagon wreck. Today, he says the weather is perfect and some kind soul gave him a shortcut around the Cheyenne River pull, so he's really in a good mood. He's headed for Howes where he thinks he can find water. For those folks out there who took pictures today, please send them via email to STETSON@3RIVERS.NET . Everybody else out there, give Ron a howdy as you go by and if anyone has ...
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DAKOTAH HEADING DOWN HWY 34

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, September 19, 2009,
 Photo courtesy of Rod Argello.

Hi Teri,
      My name is Rod.  I just spent the past 20 minutes looking at your website. I do believe it is one of the most rewarding and down to earth sites I've ever visited online. I have to tell you the story on how I happened to find out about it.
   
      First let me say I am have a small construction company in New Underwood, South Dakota,,, a small town of about 450 people. This explains the "why's and how's" of the rest of the story. Ye...

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DAKOTAH OFF TO UNION CENTER

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, September 18, 2009,
 Ron left Sturgis yesterday and is headed to Union Center on Hwy 34. The picture you see is just some of the damage done to Ron's wagon in Sturgis.  After spending two days to Ron, I don't see any damage except that he has no more awning.  The wagon is stronger than ever thanks to the good people of Sturgis.  He has had quite a set back though having to take 6 days off to heal his horses. I saw JR limping a bit, but according to Ron, the horses are now in good shape.  This morning is wonderfu...
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DAKOTAH IS RESTING HIS HORSES AT THE VA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, September 12, 2009,
  Dakotah is smiling today! He was parked on the northeast corner of the VA and got evicted. After a short scout, he found a nice grassy spot with trees which is even better.

Kolton Kissinger, the welder that worked on Ron's wagon gratis, called to tell me how much the kids at his wife's preschool enjoyed Ron's visit and to tell Ron for him.

As usual, he's having problems with the VA, but hopefully it will get worked out.  JR's leg is swollen and he desperately needs to rest.  If anyone else g...
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DAKOTAH'S STURGIS WRECK UPDATE!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, September 10, 2009,
 This is most likely Ron's look when he saw the wreck! Dang horses!  Well the folks of Sturgis are awesome! A whole crew came together to fix Ron's wagon and after a hard day's work by all, the wagon is better than ever!  There is now a toggle switch on the brakes so there will be no more "joy rides".  The welder who worked so hard would not accept any pay, except a firm handshake and a promise from Ron that he would stop by the preschool on the way out of town and give the kids a wagon tour....
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UPDATE ON DAKOTAH'S WRECK IN STURGIS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, September 9, 2009,
    This picture of the wagon is courtesy of www.kbhbradio.com   If you would like to hear the audio, email me at address below. Dakotah seems to be dealing with a bad situation well. Looks like the porch is gone and I guess he's going to be doing house work for a while. I'd like to know which horse decided to go on a joy ride!  I guess the frame of the wagon is tweaked and much repair is needed.  The folks in Sturgis have been fantastic in helping this cowboy out - thank you!  By the way, th...
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DAKOTAH'S HAD A BAD WRECK IN STURGIS, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, September 8, 2009,
I just got off the phone with Ron and he's pretty shaken up.  Apparently, while he was in the feed store in Sturgis, the horses took off with the wagon and the only thing that stopped them was a huge sign.  The horses went down. JR has a chunk of wither's missing and the horses are so freaked, it's hard to get near them.  The wagon is in pretty bad shape, tounge broken, porch gone and alot of other damage.  It seems the sign was worth $3,000 and Ron is probably liable. The nice man in Sturgis...
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DAKOTAH IS OFF TO STURGIS!

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, September 8, 2009,
 Ron is headed to Sturgis! This ought to be interesting!  He camped right outside of Whitewood, SD last night.  He was in great mood.  Good camp and Uncle Jim came and delivered sweets & goodies from his Aunt.  A beautiful Swedish girl stopped by and then came back with more sweets for him - he's going into sugarland!  Finally, a day without shoeing.  One of Ron's myspace friends has offered him a place in Box Elder - I'll tell Ron as soon as he calls. Mailed his second care package today - c...
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DAKOTAH TAKING A BREAK IN BELLE FOURCHE, SD

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, September 5, 2009,
 
Photo courtesty of www.theoasisofmysoul.com

Talked to Ron last night and he is finally in Belle Fourche with cell service.  He broke wagon policy when he took off from Alzada in the fog - all went well. Every since he left Crow Agency, he's had to "pull a pass or a divide".  His cell is in and out - very frustrating. He's still fighting the heat and the bugs. Monday, he's anxious to get off towards Sturgis and then on to Fort Mead to the VA hospital. He got a big welcome in Belle Fourche and...
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DAKOTAH HANGING IN ALZADA MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, September 3, 2009,
 STONEVILLE SALOON, ALZADA, MONTANA.  Dakotah called me from a bar in Alzada yesterday afternoon - I am assuming it was this bar - perfect for Dakotah don't you think? He's been out of cell range for 2 days and I only got to talk to him for a minute and he was not in a good mood - flat tires on his pick-up (bicycle) and flat tires on his horses.  He told me he was over it and can't wait to get to South Dakota. He was camped out in the Alzada Fairgrounds.  Ara caught up with him yesterday afte...
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DAKOTAH'S HEADED TO BOYES, MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Monday, August 31, 2009,
 I LOVE THIS TIPI! This beautiful tipi is sitting in someone's front yard in Crow Agency.  I told Ron I wanted lots of pics of tipis!  He is headed out early this morning on his way to Boyes, Mt. After a rough day yesterday, he's feeling better and eager to get to Boyes.

HAPPY TRAILS FROM HOME ON THE RANGE!
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DAKOTAH IN CROW AGENCY

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, August 29, 2009,

 Dakotah pulled into Broadus, Mt. yesterday afternoon with a flat tire, not good. No problem - nice people in Broadus.  Nice camping spot and take a rest til Monday morning and then off to Boyes which is 19 easy miles. Saturday doing chores and laundry and catching up on his phone calls.  He says he can get water in Colony - let's hope so. Got oats and new phone minutes.  He's 90 miles of sage brush and nothing from Belle Fourche.  He should be in Alzada by Thursday.  He's in a great mood and...


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DAKOTAH ON THE RESERVATION

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, August 27, 2009,
Well, Ron's had a few rough days with high temps, road construction and horse's shoes and no cell service. He's half way between Ashland, Mt and Broadus, Mt. I called the Ranger station this morning to check where he was and a very nice woman gave me the information. I asked if they could keep an eye on him. I will explain later. The Harden newspaper did a wonderful story on Ron check it out on the link below! If anyone sees him on the road, let me know at stetson@3rivers.net or if you take p...
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DAKOTAH IN LAME DEER, MT.

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, August 25, 2009,
 Dakotah has been out of cell range for awhile, so he was fortunate enough to camp across from the Charging Horse Casino where he called me on a land line. Sunday was a hard pull up 3 mile hill and he's had to reshoe 3 horses (getting expensive).  A lady with a fifth wheel had a flat up the road, so Dakotah parked the wagon and changed her tire. Brett from the Hardin Big Horn County News called and interviewed me yesterday about Dakotah - should be an interesting article - keep a look out for...
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DAKOTAH LEAVING CROW AGENCY, MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, August 23, 2009,
Ron is headed out of Crow Agency this morning. Weather is perfect! He will camp 5 miles outside of Busby, Mt. Yesterday was mighty miserable with high heat and no air movement. The nose bees were bothering his horses something terrible. Ed seemed to be the smart horse with his nose to the dirt. Ron's son and I are trying to find some muzzle protectors that are made in England. Ron met a wonderful man who used to have a covered wagon which he used for Vision Quest for kids. Ron received some d...
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RON TAKING THE DAY OFF IN HARDIN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, August 22, 2009,
Friday, Ron had a good day except for the fact that it was 102!!!  When I talked to him Ed was
"flat as a pancake" (taking a dirt nap). Ron took his pickup to town and got more oats and he found someone to come over with an amp meter and help him out. Another good dinner at Mike's (thanks to Mike and his lovely wife for treating Ron so well).  Ron installed a 10 foot pole with a flag on the back of his wagon so he can be seen over hills. Great idea!  Well, he's off to Crow Agency.  Next stop ...
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RON DAKOTAH RESTING IN HARDIN, MT.

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, August 21, 2009,
Talked to Ron last night -he just finished a wonderful dinner with Mike & his wife and big treat - ice cream!!!  Said the horses are eating better than they have the whole trip. Resting today and getting a 10' pole w/flag to put on the back of the wagon so drivers can see him over the hills. Good idea.  He rode his pick up (bicycle) to town yesterday and got oats and groceries. A good day overall!

Happy Trails!
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RON DAKOTAH IN HARDIN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Thursday, August 20, 2009,
Well, yesterday was an easy day, except for the Indians driving 75 mph past the wagon on a narrow road.  Ron happened upon a rattler in the middle of the road and by the time he saw it, it was too late to do anything but run over it.  That snake had 8 chances (8 horse legs) to make Ron's life miserable and it didn't so Ron threw him in the ditch.  Last night, Ron put the electric fence in a big circle and then the rodeo began.  Contina started running and bucking and pretty soon, they were al...
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ON THE WAY TO HARDIN

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, August 19, 2009,
Well, except for that big hill, Ron had a great day yesterday. A man stopped by and gave him tomatoes, cucumbers and something else he can't identify. He had a tomatoe sandwich - man was that good! He filled up his water (50 gal) at the Cattle Company so he's good for tonight! This morning, he's at a nice pace and there is no insects (good for the horses) and it's a cool 60 degrees. He's heading towards the Big Horn River - he's in a great mood!

Happy Trails!
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RON HEADING INTO HARDIN, MT.

Posted by Teri Freeman on Tuesday, August 18, 2009,
I just got off the phone with Ron and he's headed up a steep hill towards Hardin. He got some bad directions this morning and got turned aroun.  Yesterday, he had another good visit with Lee of Lee logger horses (see link).  He went into town on his bicycle (Ron's pickup) and got  100 lbs of oats  and some more fiberglass rods for his electric fence. He said he gave pony rides on ole Ed and he got lots of pictures.  I guess he's decided to stay at the fairgrounds in Hardin.  He's in good spir...
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RON DAKOTAH GOING THROUGH BILLINGS MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Sunday, August 16, 2009,
Well Ron had an exciting day yesterday.  He had to travel the interstate for a bit and the highway patrol stopped him and made him turn around facing traffic on the interstate.  The horses were not happy at all and it was a long hard day.  There was a fair in Billings yesterday and the horses were not impressed with the big aluminum elephants!  He finally found a very poor camping place in a ditch.  He was harassed and told that the horses were eating FEDERAL GRASS! Can you imagine!  He is ac...
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RON DAKOTAH IN LAUREL MONTANA

Posted by Teri Freeman on Saturday, August 15, 2009,
Well, I just got off the phone with Ron and he had a good day! How lucky is he, finally found a camping spot across the interstate from a WAL  MART! He got on his bicycle and took a ride to Wal Mart.  Originally, some nice lady said she had a good spot in a park and Ron's instinct was No, no.  But, he went with it and saw a railroad track and the horses just parked their feet and all wanted to go different directions, anywhere but across that track.  Finally, with a little whip and encouragem...
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Ron Dakotah resting outside of Billings, Montana

Posted by Teri Freeman on Friday, August 14, 2009,
Howdy - talked to Ron yesterday - he took the day off outside of Billings - he's not going to try to make Billings today because it's a monster. Had breakfast and coffee with fresh eggs. Did a bit of housework and worked on his amp meter, which by the way is not working.  If anyone out there knows about motors, please stop by Ron's wagon and give him a hand.

 People stopped by all day and gave him goodies.  The horses were hanging under big cottonwood trees and content.  He was all geared up t...
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RON DAKOTAH

Posted by Teri Freeman on Wednesday, August 12, 2009,
Howdy - after a brief stay at the Rusty Cowboy in Ennis, Montana, Ron Dakotah is on his way to Billings, Montana.  He is camped in a ditch 20 miles outside of Columbus.  He had an easy day yesterday, but had to go through 3 fences.  Lo and behold, while on the interstate for a brief time, the highway patrol came up behind him to give him the thumbs up - whew! What a relief.  While he was in 3 forks, the newspaper did a wonderful story about Ron.  Ron just had a birthday (69) and he is headed ...
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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