Ft Concho Cavalry-the early years

Since I was around 9 years, I started liking horses, a lot. I had rodeoed and ranch worked off of all the horses I had. In 1985, I took the position of claims adjuster with Texas Farm Bureau in San Angelo, Texas, that didn’t change. Actually, the place I bought was geared for having horses. It had a roping arena with it. I didn’t care what the house looked like. As time went on, I became acquainted with our neighbors across the road. One on the ladies was employed at Ft Concho as the historian. Her name was Eveyln Flynn. She encouraged me to become active at the Fort with the Cavalry. I was reluctant at first as I didn’t have a horse trained for it. I attended the Christmas at Ole Fort Concho in 1990. That following fall, I enlisted and became part of the Ft Concho cavalry. In those days, we had monthly practices. The unit had approximately 25 troopers in it. My first event was at Ft Stockton. I used a horse called Cash. He was a nice looking dark brown geldy but he pretty jicky. He definitely didn’t like the big flag being lowered and raised. I really had to sit him deep. This event had a trail ride with it prior to the event at the fort that offered some relief to the jickiness as it kept him worked down some. Unfortunately, this didn’t overflow into the event itself. I figured I would have to work it out of him over time.

Little did I know at the time, this would be the beginning of over 30 years of involvement that continues to this day. I have served in different capacities from private, 1st sgt or scout. I used lots of horses over the years. Some got sold off and some have passed on. As I enter later posts, I will try to convey the personalities of these tremendous allies during my time with the Fort Concho Cavalry.

One thing is for sure, I have learned a lot of history over these years. Especially as it relates to the horses involvement with the US Cavalry throughout history.

Till next time, happy riding.

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