Well I devoted this blog to my ponies and happenings around here. Thought I would share with you about one of my precious babies that enjoys riding ponies as much if not maybe more than I do. His name is Chico and he is a 4 year old Chihuahua. We got him as a 6 month old puppy and he was 3 lbs. Not wanting to leave him alone in our horse trailer we bought a harness for him and started him riding with us in the horn bags on our saddle we rigged it up to where we could clip him in the horn bags, and he could be comfy and safe at the same time, and only rode with him on the safest of horses. As you can see from the picture below it did not bother him a bit.
He absolutely loves to ride. He will beg to get on the horses with us now. You can not leave him at home or in the horse trailer either one if he knows you are getting ponies out he immediately starts asking to go. If you ignore him and ride off without him he will tear up anything he can get a hold of. I have come back to the horse trailer to find curtains down and screen ripped to shreds. He tears up any paper and fabric at home that he can get a hold of, and if left at camp in trailer you can hear him whaling from before you ride into camp. Of course over 3 years later and several pounds later he is now too big to ride in horn bags. He now has 2 sets of full size saddle bags rigged up for him to ride in.
Chico was already riding with us in hornbags when I made my first Houston Livestock and Rodeo Commission ride from Logansport to Houston. We did not chance letting him ride in 2010. In 2011 when he was still going strong we had our trail boss start looking into the rules to see if there was a rule stating that a dog could not ride or participate. He found nothing saying it was against the rules. Why would there be a rule for that who was crazy enough to strap a dog to a horse for 216 miles. And what dog would allow such and ride as a willing passenger.
So in 2012 we geared Chico up with rain suit, hand warmers for the cold days, his own blanket to ride on in the bags, and even prepared for the hot days with frozen water bottles. Chico made the entire ride to Houston and even rode in the downtown Houston Parade for the Livestock show. One of our requirements for him to ride is that he has to want to, if the day comes that we saddle up and he doesn’t ask to go then he won’t go, every morning he would bound out the bed while I was still getting dressed jumping around and barking and begging. He even continued this behavior once we were home for a week or so he would wake up at 5 A.M. and bound out of bed barking and yipping and running circles in the room. He did not understand why we stopped riding every morning after 8 days in a row it was a routine. Several of the judges seen him and nothing was said so we got off free and clear that year. One of the announcers for the Parade spotted him in the bags and named him as the Old Spanish Trail Rider’s Mascot.
Last year once again we saddled up and rode out. He again enjoyed his ride. I won Queen for our club which is voted on every year by the all the way riders and club officers. And Chico got some publicity of his own. The parade is televised in Houston and one of the anchors spotted him and came up for an interview. Attached at the very bottom of this article is the link to the clip for the local ABC13 in Houston Texas pay special attention at about 1:28 this is where Chico comes in to the clip.
This next February if the Old Spanish Trail Riders come thru your community look for Chico the trail riding Chihuahua. And before February at any of the trail rides I post about on here look for Chico he will be there hanging out in the saddle bags on the left side of one pony or another.