That idea started a chain reaction across the midwest. From South Dakota, to Nebraska, to Missouri, to Colorado, the interest grew.
Horses were a big part of Uncle Johnny's life (Diane's dad), and since we lived right next door to each other in our early childhood, they were a part of our lives too.
We treated them like family, even bringing Rosebud into the kitchen one day when Mom was gone.
It was not just Uncle Johnny who got into the act. Here we have Uncle Johnny on the left, Grandpa Riibe on the right and my mom, Beulah, seated with my brother, John on her lap. Oh, and Spot and Champ, of course.
But, back to Diane's idea. First she made one for herself and then she threw out a challenge to the rest of the family to make one too.
No, this is not an ancestor from long ago. It is brother John on an average day in Nebraska.
John, still the horseman, just a few short years later.
When I decided to write this post I searched Pinterest for more examples. Whoa! There were way more than I expected. Evidently horses are a big thing this year.
Here we have Sheila practicing her tricks with Rosebud.
(etsy)The mane on this one reminded me of watching my grandpa braiding the manes and tails of Uncle Johnny's trick horses.
Otto loved being around horses. And I bet they enjoyed pulling him around.
(foursquare.com)Again a simple but effective construction with the attention on the red halter.
My Dad did his fair share of riding horses and he loved getting the grandkids in the saddle.
(r.ebay.com)I love this one. Very effective with just a beautiful silver star and chain to set it off.
And sometimes it was more fun for the guys to practice their bucking horse skills on this barrel rigged with large springs and mounted to large poles .
For those too young for the barrel horse, a cardboard cutout would have to do.
(Marg, John, Jim, Barb, Trish)
I don't know the occasion for this photo but notice that is a team of horses pulling the covered wagon and they are attached to a frame on casters, so it must have been some kind of parade.
It doesn't seem to matter if the horses are cardboard, attached to springs, ponies, show horses, or door decorations, we all seem to find a way to keep them in our lives. (Jodie)
Thanks, Johnny, for fostering a love of horses in our family.
(ablairphotographyblog.com)They are magnificent creatures.